Search to begin for city official
Although Tonganoxie City Administrator Chris Clark's resignation is not official, city officials are taking steps to find his replacement.
Clark, who said last week he planned to resign and return to his native Massachusetts, said he hopes to leave his position when his family sells its house. At that time, he'll give his 30-day notice as required in his contract.
At Monday's city council meeting, Mayor John Franiuk asked Clark if he had problems if the council started looking for a replacement; Clark said he didn't. The council decided to advertise in publications for the next city administrator.
Council member Janet Angell said she wanted the council to be prepared when Clark officially resigns. Angell said the council should avoid a challenge it faced last year.
"There was a point when we had no city clerk and no city administrator," Angell said. "It was very difficult."
Clark plans to work in city government in Massachusetts, although he has not yet secured a position.
Angell said the council needs to start looking for a replacement, but knows it will be hard to find one with Clark's abilities.
"I'm sorry Chris is leaving," Angell said. "He stepped in at a difficult time.
"I think it's a major loss. He deserves better than what Tonganoxie has given him."