A search has begun anew for top brass at the newly created Parks and Recreation Department and in the meantime retired Superintendent John VanBrocklin has stayed on to keep the department running smoothly.
Finding candidates with the combination of business and personnel skills has proved difficult and the controversy over past operations makes the posts both challenging but also risky. One of the two positions requires scoring in the top three on a civil service test to be given in early February. The top post does not require a test.
The job has become more than just overseeing fields, pools and ice. In fact those functions are handled well by staff. The issues of dealing with users of the facilities, contracts, alcohol sales, handling of money, concessions and more represent the challenge and the need for a skill set of both business and life experience. The first go around didn't pan out despite some good applicants.
The job listing will be placed next week in hopes of reviewing a list of applicants by February.
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