Archive for Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Basehor City Council hires Hiawatha administrator

January 25, 2006

Basehor now has a city administrator.

Thursday night, city council members approved -- by a 3-2 vote -- the hiring of Carl Slaugh, the current city administrator for Hiawatha. Council members Iris Dysart and Bill Hooker voted against the hiring.

They made no comments Thursday night. When reached Friday morning, both Dysart and Hooker said they had no comment on their votes from the night before.

Dysart, however, indicated she looks forward to working with the new city administrator.

"I do intend to support this man wholeheartedly," she said, "and I will work with him to the best of my abilities."

Slaugh also refrained from commenting on his new job. When reached by telephone at his office in Hiawatha, Slaugh said he would make no comments until informing the Hiawatha City Commission of his decision to resign. He said that announcement would be made during a meeting Monday night.

What is known about Slaugh: He took over as Hiawatha city administrator in March 2002. He previously had worked as a community development director for the city of Merriam.

Slaugh also was a candidate for the Basehor administrator position during a previous search, a city official said.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said Slaugh "met all the requirements" council members were looking for in a new city administrator.

"Everything the city of Hiawatha has been dealing with is what our city is looking at moving forward with," said Garcia, citing Slaugh's background in handling development, budgetary and infrastructure issues.

The mayor added: "There are day-to-day items that need to be done. ... With a city administrator on board, those things will get the attention they deserve and that will be a big plus to all of us."

Council president John Bonee also supported Slaugh. Bonee, who along with Garcia spearheaded a search committee for administrator candidates, said he "looks forward to (Slaugh) coming on board ... and having someone to take the reins" at city hall.

Slaugh's projected start date in Basehor is March 27. Garcia said a provision in his Hiawatha contract mandates that he or the city of Hiawatha provide 60 days' notice. This provision also was built into Slaugh's deal with the city of Basehor, the mayor added.

His contract with Basehor is a one-year agreement that includes an annual salary of $65,800. It also provides the new administrator with moving expenses.

During the search process, a selection committee conducted a telephone interview with Slaugh and the whole council later interviewed him in person in Basehor.

According to an April 2002 announcement of his hiring in Hiawatha, Slaugh grew up in Logan, Utah, and served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force pilot. Before entering the Air Force in 1973, he received a bachelor's degree in trade and industrial education from Utah State University. He also holds a master's degree in industrial education from Utah State and a master's degree in public administration from Kansas University.

Slaugh replaces David Fuqua, the city's first administrator, who resigned 13 months ago to return to his native Oklahoma.

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