City close to hiring city administrator
It's likely city council members on Monday will hire a city administrator.
According to Mayor John Franiuk, city officials have narrowed their search for a city administrator to one man, with whom Franiuk now is in negotiations.
"We currently have a candidate that we'd like to hire," Franiuk said Tuesday. "We're in negotiations right now to see if he'll accept our offer."
This candidate, like the other two finalists, was interviewed recently.
"All three candidates are very good candidates," Franiuk said. "They're all working as city administrators, and their experience is varying. The population of cities that they're working in is varied. I think we had a good mix. I think the council did a good job of sorting through the 20 applicants that we had and getting down to the three. I think we did a good job, as a mayor-council, picking out three qualified candidates.
"I think I should have a candidate by next Monday's council meeting willing to accept our package."
Franiuk said he and council members would prefer the new administrator begin work by Aug. 1.
"But, obviously, people have families to move and houses to sell," he said.
It is a requirement that the city administrator live within the city limits of Tonganoxie.
"Everybody understands that," Franiuk said.
The city administrator vacancy was created by the resignation of Chris Eppley, who served the city for 2 1/2 years. Eppley was hired by the city of Keizer, Ore., as its manager, and his last day on the job in Tonganoxie was May 19.
In addition to filling the city administrator's post, the city must hire a new city clerk. Franiuk said 12 applications had been received by last Friday's deadline. Council members likely will discuss the city clerk's position at Monday night's meeting, he said.
"Obviously, if we can get a city administrator in as soon as we like, we may wait for their input as well," the mayor said.