New city administrator to begin work Aug. 17
Basehor officially has a new city administrator.
Former Hays assistant city manager Mark Loughry accepted an offer from the city for a base salary of $88,000. Loughry signed his contract Wednesday and is scheduled to start Aug. 17.
Loughry has been the assistant city manager in Hays for two years. Before that, he was the city’s finance director for three years and an information technology coordinator for the city for four years.
Loughry said he was looking forward to getting started.
“I’m actually really excited,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people in the community and starting work here.”
Mayor Terry Hill said Loughry had numerous qualities that made him an ideal candidate for the job.
“He was the financial manager of Hays for several years and he sold financial software there before,” Hill said. “He has done a lot there and has proved he is fully capable of managing hands on a city much larger than ours.”
During his interviews, Hill said Loughry was completely prepared and had done some thorough research on Basehor.
“He read an audit of Basehor and read the minutes back a year,” Hill said. “It kind of felt like he was interviewing us. He said there was some room for improvement in the way the city was being financially managed, and I was certainly impressed with that.”
Basehor’s location was one of the aspects of the city administrator position Loughry was quite excited about, Hill said.
“He wants to be part of the Kansas City area,” Hill said. “He likes going to Chiefs games and going up to the Legends, and when he saw the Basehor job was open, he said to himself, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful.’”
One of Loughry’s first orders of business, he said, would be introducing himself to all the city staff members.
“Right when I start, I need to meet all the employees,” Loughry said. “That will be the first thing I do, along with getting a working knowledge of the city’s budget. That’s what I’ll be doing my first week, and then I’ll just go from there.”
A meet and greet with Loughry is scheduled for Thursday, at 6 p.m. at the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11499. The event is free and open to the public.