Council reviews timeline for hiring administrator

Staff writer

Peabody City Council reviewed and discussed drafts of a timeline and job description created for the search for a new city administrator by the beginning of 2014. The drafts were drawn up by interim administrator Mac Manning.

A formal profile of skills, training, and qualities for the position will be finalized and presented for approval by the council members at the next meeting, Sept. 30.

The position will be advertised in local and state publications and websites in October with screenings and interviews of candidates to take place in November. A selection will be announced in December, with the new administrator beginning work Jan. 6.

In other business:

  • The council passed Ordinance 09-2012 amending the standard traffic ordinance, an annual housekeeping duty that brings Peabody traffic codes current with state regulations.
  • At the request of the interim Marion County emergency manager, the council approved the appointment of Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke to fill the position of mitigation officer. The mitigation officer makes sure that events involving crises or natural disasters are identified and reported to the county.
  • After reviewing the resume of Robert Lane, a municipal attorney with the law office of current city attorney Norm Manley the council agreed to offer Lane the position of city attorney when Manley retires at the end of the year.
  • The council approved sending Deputy City Clerk Stephanie Ax to a certification academy Nov. 14 and 15 in Wichita at a cost of $280.
  • The council voted to allow Manning to dispose of electronic equipment that no longer works. The equipment will be recycled.
  • Council members will review the condition of city streets and bring recommendations back to the council for resurfacing projects in 2014.
  • The council went into executive session for five minutes to discuss trade secrets and took no action on return to open meeting.
  • The council went into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and took no action on return to open meeting.

The council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the city building.

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