City fills position of clerk
A woman with nearly five years of experience in city government will start work next Wednesday as Tonganoxie city clerk.
The Tonganoxie City Council on Monday approved the hiring of Kathy Bard, who now is DeSotos assistant city clerk.
Mayor John Franiuk note Bards experience with grant administration, computer software and general obligation bond issues.
She has a whole lot of experience that we need right now, today, Franiuk said. I look forward to working with her.
Bard will be paid $12.95 an hour, plus $70 for each council meeting.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Bard, 36, said shes eager to begin work in Tonganoxie.
Its going to be a challenge, she said. Its exciting.
The recently completed downtown project caught her eye when she visited Tonganoxie.
I was real impressed with that, she said. Its a clean city.
Its possible Bard would move from DeSoto to Tonganoxie.
Both of my kids start different schools next year, one goes to middle school and one goes to high school, she said.
Tonganoxie has been without a permanent clerk since early April, when Linda Lewis left the job. The mayor, who cited personal preference, decided not renew her appointment.
Also Monday night, the council approved hiring Robert McConnell, a reserve police officer, as the citys code enforcement officer.
McConnell would investigate allegations of code violations, such as blight.
If he does a good job, hell work himself out of a job, said council member Ray Usher.
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