Appointment fails, fire chief search goes on
The search for the city's next fire chief will continue after the Eudora City Council decided Monday to conduct more interviews for the position.
The Eudora City Council rejected Mayor Tom Pyle's appointment of Kevin Ganoe for the position by a margin of 3-2.
Council members Dan Gregg and Lori Fritzel voted for the candidate, while Bill Whitten, Kevin Miller and Scott Hopson voted against.
The dissenting Council members requested another round of interviews with two announced applicants: Ganoe and Dan Shockley.
During the course of discussion, the council related that Ganoe had traveled from Colorado to interview for the position. Because of hiring practices, the city can't release credentials of its applicants until a candidate is hired.
After it became clear all the council members wanted to meet the first possible appointee, the council went a step further.
"I'd like to see both of them come if we call one," said Council member Kevin Miller.
As the council discussed how to best make the next step in the fire chief search, members tried to make sure that if both candidates did return to Eudora they would have a chance for the job.
The discussion prompted Pyle to remind the other council members to keep an open mind during the next round of interviews.
The decision to announce the appointment came after the council secluded itself for two different rounds of executive sessions.
Although the first meeting covered different issues, the final 15-minute session focused solely on the fire chief issue.
Once the council agreed it wanted both candidates to come back, it had to find a date and format for the next set of interviews.
"Mayor, I believe it would be reasonable to compensate Mr. Ganoe to come out," said Councilmember Dan Gregg.
The council agreed with Gregg.
The final round of interviews will be a chance for the council to expand on its original fire chief search committee that consisted of Pyle, Gregg, Whitten and current interim Fire Chief Mike Underwood.
The committee officially began its search last September; almost a full year after former Fire Chief Spencer McCabe was dismissed after being arrested for allegedly causing more than $1,000 damage to a bathroom at an Olathe hotel.
For the next round of interviews the council members will look over previous interview questions and submit questions to City Administrator Cheryl Beatty who will compile a list.
"That's fine as long as you remember to ask the same question in the same manner to both candidates," Beatty said.
The next round of interviews will take place Monday evening during a private session at Eudora City Hall.