Mark Taylor

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Two websites in northern Johnson County are reporting that Mike Scanlon, current city administrator for the city of Mission, may be a front-runner for the vacant Gardner administrator post.

The council is expected to name a new administrator by Sept. 6.

Three committees — including Gardner City Council members, city staff, and citizens — interviewed the top three candidates for the post on Aug. 22.

The new hire is expected to start work in October.

Attempts to reach Scanlon for comment on Aug. 24 were unsuccessful.

But according to, a citizen group’s website, Scanlon recently confirmed that he had applied for the Gardner job but said he did not know whether he was among the top contenders.

The Shawnee Mission Times first reported that Scanlon may be up for the Gardner job.

The Gardner council has been searching for a new city administrator for since Stewart Fairburn left in March to take a job in Chickasha, Okla.

UPDATE: (4:44 p.m.) Mayor Dave Drovetta has confirmed that Scanlon is a candidate for the position.