Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Yanez says goodbye, Council hires interim administrator

Former administrator chosen to fill Yanez’s vacant spot

March 17, 2005

As City Administrator Mike Yanez starts packing up his desk, the Eudora City Council has had to make some big decisions about his replacement.

The Council voted Monday night to approve hiring an interim city administrator to fill the vacancy left by Yanez until a permanent replacement is found. Yanez's last day with Eudora will be March 24.

The vote was split, but the Council decided to hire Richard Caplan of Richard Caplan & Associates to take on the duties of city administrator during the period of time after Yanez leaves and a new administrator is hired. Council members Dan Gregg and Rex Burkhardt voted in favor of hiring Caplan; Scott Hopson voted against; and Tom Pyle abstained from voting.

Caplan was a full-time city administrator until 1984 and has since served as interim city administrator for De Soto and Baldwin City during their transition periods, he said in a letter to the Council. He said he had also provided interim city management services and recruitment assistance to the cities of Abilene and Concordia, and had worked as an interim public works director for the city of Lenexa. He is also the executive director of the K-10 Association, Inc., and said he was especially aware of the major development-related issues facing Eudora.

Caplan will work at the city offices two days per week and attend all City Council meetings for a fee of $3,600 per month and will begin within days of Yanez's departure.

Caplan said he would be available until a new city administrator is hired.

The Council met before Monday's regular meeting with a representative of the League of Kansas Municipalities to get started in hiring a new, permanent city administrator.

The city of Eudora hired the league when looking for its first administrator, and chose to do the same this time.

Based on surveys taken by members of the governing body, the league determined the six most valuable qualities of a city administrator. Those qualities included administrative skills, communicative skills, financial accountability, grant writing skills, good personal judgement and a professional demeanor.

The council members approved of a recruitment advertisement that requested a candidate for the job have a bachelor's degree in public administration or related experience, and a master's degree in public administration would be preferred. The advertised salary range was between between $60,000 and $75,000 depending on qualifications.

The position will be open until filled and the council encouraged the league to begin advertising immediately.

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