Council invites three applicants for interviews
The city of Tonganoxie could have a new administrator shortly after the beginning of the year.
Following telephone interviews with seven candidates, city council members decided to invite three candidates to Tonganoxie for personal interviews. One man was interviewed Monday , and the other two men will be interviewed next Monday all in executive session of the council.
"They all have been or currently are serving as administrators," Mayor John Franiuk said. "They're all from the Midwest. They've got at least a minimum of three years of experience as administrators."
Following the interviews, Franiuk said, the backgrounds of the candidates, as well as references, will be checked. The mayor said that if the council approved one of the candidates, an offer could be made around Christmas. He added that a city administrator could be on board within a month after that.
"I expect no longer than that," he said. "We should be looking at a new administrator, at least, by the end of January. I'm hoping before then."
The trio of applicants was among about 80 people who applied for the job, which became available when Chris Clark decided to return to Massachusetts.
Franiuk said he's hopeful council members and he can agree on one of the finalists.
"I liked the way they interviewed on the phone," Franiuk said. "They did well answering our questions. They were very personable."