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Basehor welcomes new City Clerk

September 2, 2010

After a six-month vacancy, Basehor will have a new city clerk Tuesday when Corey Swisher takes over the job.

Swisher comes to Basehor City Hall from the government of Vail, Colo., where he was executive assistant to the town manager for more than six years. The city council approved his appointment unanimously at its Aug. 16 meeting.

Swisher grew up in the central Kansas town of La Crosse and graduated from Kansas State University. He's worked in local government since he took a job with the city of Manhattan nearly 12 years ago.

He said he consulted with family and friends near Basehor about the possible move.

“Everybody had good things to say about it,” he said.

City Administrator Mark Loughry said the biggest reason for Swisher's hiring was his experience in local government, including dealing with finances, which is a major responsibility for Basehor's city clerk.

“We're just anxious to get him here,” Loughry said.

Swisher was not the first city clerk candidate Mayor Terry Hill had presented to the City Council since Hill declined in March to reappoint Mary Ann Mogle, who had filled the position for 25 years. Hill recommended another candidate, Sheldon Hamilton of Russell, to the post in April, but the council voted not to appoint him, 3-2.

“I was totally shocked,” Hill said. “We'd gone through a lot of trouble to find somebody who was qualified.”

Loughry said the city published advertisements for the position more widely the second time around.

Before he brought Swisher before the board, Hill consulted with City Council President Jim Washington, one of the members who had voted against his choice in April.

“It wasn't difficult to settle in on Corey,” Hill said.

Because of Swisher's experience in managing finances, Hill said he hoped to perhaps expand the role of the city clerk into that of a city treasurer or financial manager in the future.

Hill said the only question he had about Swisher was why he would want to leave the ski resort town of Vail. But Swisher told him that living in Vail for a span of several years was not quite the same as vacationing there for a week.

“Living at 8,000 feet, having eight months of winter — I was just looking for a change,” Swisher said.

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