Talks still under way with city candidate
After conferring during an executive session last Thursday, the Basehor City Council agreed on another contract to offer its top choice to fill the city administrator's position.
Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia, who could not disclose details of the offer, said that the overture was sent to the candidate Monday morning and that he hoped to have the candidate's response by the end of this week.
The city council chose two finalists from among 25 to 30 applications it received for the city administrator position, which has been vacant since December, when former administrator David Fuqua resigned.
Both finalists currently work in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The council has been in negotiations with its preferred choice for the past several weeks.
During its meeting Thursday, council members tabled a vote on finalizing a contract and job description for the administrator position.
Garcia said there is a possibility that the city could choose to pursue its second choice if an agreement isn't met soon with the top-tier candidate.
"If he does not bite on that, we possibly could move on to No. 2," Garcia said. He added, "I think we all want to get somebody in place."
City Council president John Bonee said he believed council members aren't dismayed by the on-going negotiations.
"There's not much holding us apart, but it's too soon to tell if it'll work out or not," Bonee said. "I think he's definitely qualified and I think other council members would agree."