Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2005

City, candidate still in salary negotiations

September 1, 2005

Negotiations between the city of Basehor and its top choice for the vacant city administrator position are on-going, city officials said. But it is not clear when -- or if -- the two sides will reach agreement.

"We're talking about salary and benefits," Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said. "I've asked for a firm request (from the candidate) for the position. ... We're not close to signing anything yet."

After months of sifting through 25 to 30 resumes for the city administrator job, city officials narrowed its search to two candidates, both of whom work in municipalities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

From the final two, Basehor City Council members chose the candidate with whom negotiations are currently proceeding. Garcia said the city was determined to resolve the contract with its top candidate in an equitable way for both parties.

The mayor said the city would only pursue its second choice for the position "if it broke down and we could not come to terms," with the preferred candidate.

"If he turns (our offer) down ... then we'll probably go to the other candidate," Garcia said.

A vote on the city administrator contract and job description was slated to take place at next week's council meeting. However, Garcia said the agenda item most likely would be tabled.

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