Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

City panel on the prowl for development director

September 29, 2005

A committee of Basehor city officials will begin sorting through resumes submitted by those seeking to become the city's new director of community development.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia is joined by city council members Bill Hooker and Terry Thomas on the committee that is charged with choosing a candidate to present to the city council for approval.

The director of community development position will be responsible for working with developers, reviewing plans and plats and overseeing the Basehor Planning Commission. Garcia said the position will be similar in scope to that held by former codes administrator Mike Hooper and former city planner Angela Solberg.

The committee will begin sorting through approximately 10 applications this week. From there, Garcia said, committee members will present two or three names to the council for review.

Overall, the city has some qualified candidates to choose from, the mayor said.

"There are some people that have the qualifications we're looking for," Garcia said.

The director of community development will be hired before the next city administrator, Garcia said.

Hiring the director of community development before a city administrator is a deviation from the mayor's original plan. Last week, negotiations between the city and its two top choices for the vacant administrator position broke off after contract agreements couldn't be met with either candidate.

At that time, Garcia announced he would move forward with the director of community development before re-opening an administrator search.

The mayor described the administrator search as being "on hold."

"We probably won't even look at that until the (director) is on board," he said.

A vote on the director of community development was removed from next week's meeting agenda so the hiring committee could have more time to find an adequate candidate.

The mayor said the position should be filled by the end of October.

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