De Soto As the search for a new city administrator continued here, city council members spelled out the future jobholder's requirements and duties Thursday.
During a brief meeting, council members approved a list outlining the position, created last year and vacated in July when the first man to hold the job was fired.
The three-page list said applicants must be college graduates with a degree in public municipal administration or equivalent qualifications and experience.
Three years of administrative experience is required for the position. Among the administrator's duties is to run the day-to-day operations of the city, hire and fire employees, prepare and submit an annual budget and provide monthly financial reports to city council members.
Mayor Jim Beadle said the city did not draw up a formal list of guidelines and duties before it hired Robert Schmidt, DeSoto's first city administrator, last year.
After Schmidt was fired, he complained that the city neither defined his duties clearly nor gave him a job description.
City officials said Schmidt was dismissed for not performing his duties in a timely and effective manner.