80 apply for job with city
The city of Tonganoxie has received applications from 80 people interested in being the next city administrator.
On Monday, the city's current administrator, Chris Clark, said his last day on the job would be Nov. 26.
Clark is returning to his previous job in city government in Wellesley, Mass.
Clark had announced in September that he intended to leave his Tonganoxie post this fall, and soon after the city began searching for his successor.
At Monday night's city council meeting, members agreed to appoint a committee of Mayor John Franiuk, City Council President Janet Angell and Kathy Bard, assistant city administrator, to begin reviewing applications. None of the applicants are from Tonganoxie.
"Eighty is a lot," Franiuk said.
That committee would look through the applications, and recommend several applicants to the full council.
Franiuk said he hopes the council then could conduct telephone interviews.
The council then would whittle that group of applicants down to a smaller group that would be invited to Tonganoxie for interviews with council members.
"I'd love to have somebody by the first of the year, but it probably will be February before we can make this happen," Franiuk said.
Council member Kathy Graveman said she, too, would like to review all applications and would take time to peruse them separate from the committee.