Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

City searches to fill park, rec director appointment

July 17, 2003

The search was on for a new Eudora parks and recreation director Tuesday after Monday night's Eudora City Council meeting, when the position was left unappointed.
Although the Council speedily approved Mayor Ron Conner's appointments for various city positions (see Page 3), it took time during a session closed to the public to discuss the recreation director position. When the Council emerged from behind closed doors, an opening existed for the parks and recreation director position of Dianna Beebe .
Although an appointed position, Conner said the Council had the purview to discuss the matter in private as a personnel issue.
"Particulars have to be discussed," he said.
The position was a hired position until the Council passed a recent ordinance, which made the recreation director an appointed position and therefore parallel to other department heads within the city, such as the city superintendent and city clerk. The resolution also made the recreation commission parallel to the operation of other advisory councils, like the Eudora Planning Commission. Yanez said the Council gave Conner time to reconsider his appointments for the recreation commission -- Wayne Dennis, Gretchen Schreiner, Scott Wiley and Arline Kindle.
Conner said the changes made the parks and recreation department equivalent to other city operations, ultimately under the purview of the City Council, thus making its operation more efficient and effective.
Because the issue was treated as a personnel matter and discussed in closed session, neither Conner nor City Administrator Mike Yanez would comment on why Beebe was not reappointed. Beebe did not return calls to her office Tuesday.
Both Conner and Yanez assured the city wouldn't let the ball drop on parks and recreation issues.
"Obviously the city will continue to provide those services in the interim," Conner said.
Yanez said Tuesday the city was speaking with candidates to fill in temporarily until a new recreation director was recruited. Yanez said the city had a pool manager to direct that facility, and that the city had a park maintenance worker to direct crews for the time being.
"We hope applications will come speedily, and we get somebody appointed as soon as possible," he said.

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