Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2001

An enthusiastic welcome for new parks director


January 4, 2001

The Eudora City Council hired a new parks and recreation director at its meeting last week.

Diana Beebe of Lawrence accepted the position and became the city's first employee to take on the job full time.

We would like to be among the first to welcome Ms. Beebe to town.

We want to get the pleasantries out of the way quickly, because we know she has a lot of work to do.

Coming into a job that has been vacant for more than two months, and filled with part-time employees prior to that, the new director will have little time to ease into her new position.

City council members spoke highly of Beebe, who they say is well qualified for the job. That's great news for the city of Eudora.

Filling the position previously with part-time employees resulted in a revolving-door management of the city's parks and its recreational programs. It also put a strain on city employees to take up the slack.

City Superintendent Bill Harlow told council members earlier this year that a full-time director would allow him and his staff to better concentrate on maintaining and building the town's infrastructure. That too is good news for Eudora.

The job of orchestrating our recreation is a serious one. We need fields that are safe to play on and leagues that are organized. While it may sound like a fun job, the expectations that go with coordinating all the details of this position are high, and they should be.

The town should be able to point to our parks with pride and we believe Beebe will take a serious approach to the business of fun in Eudora.

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