Selecting a new county administrator will be a countywide task, the Douglas County Commission determined Wednesday night.
The three commissioners decided they each would pick three residents from their districts to help interview finalists for the administrator's job. Counting the nine-member public committee, the commissioners and the acting administrator, a total of 13 people will be directly involved in selecting the next administrator.
Commissioners are trying to fill the vacancy created by Chris McKenzie, who left in March to become executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities.
"I think that we're responsible to the entire county, obviously, to make the best choice we can for a county administrator," Commission Chairman Mark Buhler said. "The county administrator will be a representative of 85,000 people in Douglas County, and it might be in our best interest to think about . . . broadening the group of people that have input."
ACTING Administrator Pam Madl called the commissioners' decision a good idea.
"I think that the more input we have from across the county, the better ability you'll have to make a good choice," she said.
On Monday, the commission announced it had narrowed the candidate's list to eight people. Madl and the commissioners were scheduled to interview two candidates today and four on Monday. One interview remains to be scheduled, Madl said, and another candidate said he probably would not interview with the county.
The public committee would not get involved until the field is trimmed again, probably to three candidates. Commissioners want the new administrator to start by June 1.
IN OTHER business Wednesday, commissioners:
Approved a text amendment that adds a new section in the zoning regulations for the county's rural areas restricting the use of mobile homes to residential purposes only. Requested by the public works office, the amendment will eliminate the use of old mobile homes as storage buildings.
Approved a text amendment that adds a new section to the subdivision regulations for the city and county that would establish a method for the numbering of lots in a subdivision plat. Under this amendment, the planning office would follow the same parcel numbering system used by the appraiser's office.
Approved a text amendment that adds a new section to the subdivision regulations for the city and county that would require a digital file of a subdivision to be submitted to the planning office prior to the recording of the final plat with the register of deeds office. Under the amendment, the planning office will receive platting information in a computerized format for its Geographic Information System.
DEFERRED for two weeks a text amendment to add a new section in the zoning regulations for the county's rural area that would allow residential-design manufactured homes in the agricultural district. Commissioners raised a concern about requiring homes be permanently mounted on a foundation or basement to meet the building code, especially for homes that would be used temporarily. Commissioners said they would consult with county staff before making a decision.
Appointed Jackson Baur to replace Ben Behr on the Douglas County Senior Services board of directors.