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Loughry named finalist for administrator job in Platte City, Mo.

Mark Loughry

Mark Loughry

November 1, 2011

Mark Loughry

Mark Loughry

About six weeks after his surprise firing from the city of Basehor, former city administrator Mark Loughry is a finalist for the same position in Platte City, Mo.

Loughry is one of three candidates chosen out of 63 applicants to interview with the city's board of aldermen for the administrator job, according to a news release from Platte City.

Platte City's interim administrator, Pamela Windsor, said she had looked into the circumstances of Loughry's departure from Basehor, just as she had researched the backgrounds of all three finalists chosen. She was “open-minded” while researching the finalists, she said.

“I know that there are two sides to every story,” Windsor said.

Platte City hired Windsor, who retired earlier this year as city administrator in North Kansas City, Mo., to conduct a search for a new administrator while also filling the job temporarily, she said. The city is governed by a mayor and a board of six aldermen.

Windsor declined to comment on why Loughry was chosen to interview, saying she was waiting to discuss any of the candidates publicly until after they interviewed with the city's board of aldermen.

The city's previous administrator, Jason Metten, resigned in August.

Loughry told the Sentinel on Tuesday that he'd seen an advertisement for the position shortly after he was dismissed by Basehor in late September and sent in his resume.

Loughry said Platte City, located off Interstate Highway 29 northwest of Kansas City International Airport in Platte County, Mo., had a “similar dynamic” to Basehor.

Like the Basehor area, he said, Platte City has a good school district and is growing, though it has a bit more commercial development.

Platte City's population was reported at about 4,700 in the 2010 Census, compared with a population of about 4,600 in Basehor.

Basehor Mayor Terry Hill said he had not known that Loughry was a candidate for the Platte City job before the Sentinel contacted him Tuesday, but he said he was not surprised that he'd been chosen to interview.

“He is one of the top-notch professional city administrators-slash-managers in the state,” Hill said.

Hill said Platte City would be right not to let Loughry's firing reflect poorly on his candidacy.

The Basehor City Council fired Loughry in a surprise, split vote Sept. 19. Since then, the Sentinel has reported on accusations that Loughry illegally received fully paid health insurance benefits for his family and misrepresented the wages he received at his previous employer, the city of Hays. The firing has since led to an effort by a group of Basehor residents to recall Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart, two Basehor City Council members who voted for Loughry's firing.

Loughry said that if Platte City had examined his background, it would have found that his reputation was not consistent with those allegations.

“I think it speaks to the fact that maybe some people act on facts rather than on accusations,” Loughry said.

Windsor said Loughry, along with two other candidates, was scheduled to interview with the city's board of aldermen this coming weekend.

Comments

basehordream 3 years, 1 month ago

Did he apply for this job when he was on his so called vacation?

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LightTheDarkCorners 3 years, 1 month ago

So it appears our esteemed administrator was looking for a another job while alleging to devote full time to his Basehor responsibilities. He had to have applied for this position months ago. What say you, all the Hill/Loughry defenders?

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babetwo 3 years, 1 month ago

Please tell us where to find the article that states when Mr. Loughry applied for the position at Platte City. Once again you are making up stories to fit your agenda. State documented facts not your warped sense of reality.

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LightTheDarkCorners 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey sport, I bet he started the application process July 28th.

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bobber 3 years, 1 month ago

Becky, You seem to know the situation in Basehor very well. One can only assume you are being fed information from the these two individuals (Mertz & Dysart). It is sad that Basehor citizens have to speak in tongues to attempt to communicate a message or are you just illiterate, uneducated or unemployed???? As the Sentinel reports it should speak volumes that another city is willing to accept Loughry’s competence and integrity as a city administrator candidate. The small town paranoia being perpetuated by the three stooges (Mertz, Dysart & Jim Washington a.k.a Wizard of Oz) responsible for this financial travesty should be discouraging for all basehor citizens. It should also send a positive message to basehor taxpayers. Pay attention to the issues and vote. Do your part, pay attention to not what you hear or what is written but what is true.

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basehordream 3 years, 1 month ago

Ha... Wow bobber... The thing that you , babe two, jgreen1515 write on here crack me up. At some point people will stop believing your dream to rule the City from remote control at Falcon Lakes.

Remember folks, the Mayor, Councilman Breuer, Mark Loughry and all three of the committee members and sponsors of the recall live in and are or have been board members of Falcon Lakes.

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bobber 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey Mr. Potatohead, we know who's talking...

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babetwo 3 years, 1 month ago

Basehordream, You have no idea how this recall movement is growing! Absolutely, Falcon Lakes (basehor citizens) initiated the recall. I have heard that there are petition carrying volunteers from the residential areas of Iron Creek, Prairie Gardens, Cedar Lake Estates, Pinehurst and more are expected. These citizens agree on one very important issue, Dysart and Mertz must go!

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babetwo 3 years, 1 month ago

Basehordream, You have no idea how this recall movement is growing! Absolutely, Falcon Lakes (basehor citizens) initiated the recall. I have heard that there are petition carrying volunteers from the residential areas of Iron Creek, Prairie Gardens, Cedar Lake Estates, Pinehurst and more are expected. These citizens agree on one very important issue, Dysart and Mertz must go!

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KSman57 3 years, 1 month ago

Well let's keep the recall effort growing!! Maybe the next one could be the Mayor and Miles, then Breuer and Box. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

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occupybasehor 3 years, 1 month ago

Here is a documented fact. The City Administrator job in Platte City was posted on the LKM website on September 7th.
Once again, if you want to spout off, get the facts straight. That is called being truthful!

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mckinley2010 3 years, 1 month ago

it was posted on the LKM site then. where and how long had it been posted befor? i dont know the answer to this and wont pretend to. who cares mr loughry is entitled to look for employment anywhere he would like. i wish him no ill will at all. i simply want an end to this silly fighting and get on with the business of making basehor the great place to live and do business it has the potential to be.

oops my foot came off the throat of the 99% for a second.

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