Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

City vacancy creates chance to improve

September 26, 2001

The city of Tonganoxie has begun to advertise its need for a new city administrator.

Within a few months, Chris Clark will leave Tonganoxie for what he hopes will be a job in city government in Wellesley, Mass. Clark says the job he held before coming to Tonganoxie last year assistant city administrator in Wellesley is open and he'll be a contender.

City officials now are seeking candidates to replace Clark.

As the city again looks to hire a city administrator, it will be important that the person who is hired can build on the leadership that Clark has provided during his tenure here. When Clark was hired, city council members and Mayor John Franiuk emphasized the need for getting the city's fiscal house in order. The council, by working with Clark, has made headway on that goal.

Now, city council members must look to the future of Tonganoxie and decide what type of city they want in 10, 20 and 50 years. And then they must hire the right person to help them ensure the city is an attractive place to live and viable economically.

Clark was a good hire for the city of Tonganoxie.

When a personnel vacancy exists within an organization, it is an opportunity to improve that organization. Let's hope the city of Tonganoxie is fortunate enough to accomplish that with Clark's replacement.

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