Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

City, administrator finalist continue work on agreement

January 5, 2006

Last week, the Basehor City Council met with a finalist for the vacant city administrator position. Mayor Chris Garcia said the interview "went very well."

And now, council members are now reviewing a contract for the candidate and could authorize the mayor to begin negotiations with the finalist at Thursday night's council meeting.

They met in a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the contract.

"We'll basically do the finetuning and then Thursday, they could give me the authority and say, 'That's our guy,'" Garcia said.

The city has budgeted between $61,000 and $68,000 -- a figure that does not include incentives, bonuses or benefits -- for the administrator position, which has been vacant for more than a year.

A committee of Basehor city officials -- Garcia, council president John Bonee and council member Keith Sifford -- selected the candidate from 19 applicants. The candidate has government experience and is employed by a municipality in Kansas.

City Hall has been short a city administrator for more than a year. The city's first-ever administrator, David Fuqua, resigned in December 2004, and council members are now at the tail end of a second search to find his replacement.

Garcia said it's imperative a new administrator be in place soon.

"We definitely need some help at City Hall," he said. "We're missing things. I don't think it's anyone's fault. ... We're just short-staffed."

After a city administrator has been hired, Garcia and the council will move on to hiring a director of community relations. The position will entail working with developers, long-range planning and overseeing the Basehor planning commission.

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