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Another candidate offered city job

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

An offer to another candidate is on the table.

Platte City is reported to have made a proposal to a candidate interviewed by the aldermen on Saturday for the position of city administrator.

As of Tuesday afternoon, The Landmark could not verify whether a response had been received from the candidate.

The Platte City Board of Aldermen met in closed session on Saturday morning to conduct a second interview of their top candidate.

The board recently made an offer to another candidate for the position from David City, Neb. That candidate turned down the offer, reportedly based on the money offered.

The offer made to the first candidate was reported to be $75,000, but was turned down. Keith Moody, city administrator, is currently making roughly $73,000 and the candidate was making $65,000 in David City.

Last week, the board voted to extend the ending date of the contract for Moody. The original contract amendment had listed the end date of July 31, but a new amendment was approved extending it to Aug. 31.

The agreement allows Moody to still collect a half year's salary agreed to in the severance agreement, but moves the time he will start receiving that severance money to Aug. 31. The six months salary will be paid out as if it is a regular paycheck over a period of six months.

Assisting the city with finding a new city administrator is Organization Consultants run by Robert Saunders. Saunders is charging the city nearly $11,000 for the services.


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