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April 11, 1999


The changing of the guard at city hall generally follows tradition, although times do change.

This time, Commissioners Augustine, Moody and Nalbandian -- with 18 years of municipal experience and four mayoral terms among them -- certainly will step down.

Taking their seats will be the top three finishers in the April 6 election: Jim Henry, a retired Kansas University administrator; Mike Rundle, who works for Community Mercantile Co-op; and David Dunfield, a downtown architect.

Henry and Rundle, by finishing one-two in the election, will serve four-year terms. Dunfield's third-place finish gives him a two-year term.

Once the new commissioners are sworn in, all five commissioners will earn $9,000 a year. The new mayor -- following tradition, Hodges is expected to be elevated from vice mayor to mayor -- will get $10,000.

Currently, all five commissioners earn $6,000 a year.

By tradition, the winner of an election serves as mayor a year after the election. The second-place finisher serves a year after that.

The last commissioner to be passed over: Rundle, who finished second in 1987 but never was elected mayor by his fellow commissioners.

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