by Alan McArthur and Ivan Foley
Four applicants are back in the running to be the next city administrator for Platte City.
That’s the word after a closed session to discuss the personnel situation was held Monday night by the board of aldermen.
As exclusively reported in last week’s Landmark, the hiring process hit a snag last week after the city's offer to hire a city administrator from David City, Neb. was turned down. Joseph Johnson declined the city’s offer, reportedly because he was not satisfied with the financial offer made to him, sources said.
The city offered a package of nearly $75,000 when a car allowance is included. Johnson is said to make about $65,000 at his current job with David City, a town of about 2,700 people.
During the closed meeting, the board discussed several possible candidates they would like to interview for the position. All are applicants who were already in the pool of candidates.
In the next couple of weeks, the Saunders group will help the city schedule at least two more interviews and possibly as many as four in their effort to fill the city administrator position.
Of the remaining candidates, two are described as “fairly local,” including one who currently works for the city of Kansas City. Both of those applicants are males.
The two candidates from out of the area include one from Florida. One of the out-of-the-area candidates is a female.
The board has tried to choose local candidates to interview because the city pays for the transportation of candidates to Platte City for each interview.
In January, the board voted 4-2 to fire Keith Moody, but still allow him to work as late as the end of July to assist in training a new city administrator. Moody has been administrator for about 13 years.