County administrator search continues

The Unified Government continues to move ahead with a search for a county administrator.

According to Bill Johnson, Board of Public Utilities manager, who is co-chair of the UG search task force, meetings were held last week with a new search firm, gv HR. The other task force chair is Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington. Johnson spoke at the UG Commission meeting Nov. 17.

Cheryl Harrison-Lee was appointed the interim UG county administrator after former UG administrator Doug Bach retired Jan. 6. Bach had served as administrator since 2014 and was deputy county administrator from 2003 to 2014.

Johnson said a schedule is clearly laid out into the first quarter of next year to find candidates for the position. The UG recently changed search firms for the process.

The search firm will turn candidates over to elected officials, he said. The interview process will start, then the candidates will be pared to three.

The gv HR firm will send out surveys and advertising for the position would begin soon, Johnson said.

In mid-January, candidates will be reviewed and credentials will be submitted and reviewed, he said.

“We hope to have candidates for the commission and mayor by March, and a selection made to hopefully start in April,” Johnson said.

The UG announced that a community stakeholder survey is available on its website to receive feedback from the community on the administrator search.

To provide comments for the survey, visit

The deadline for comments is Nov. 29.

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