Recreation director search narrows

STEUBENVILLE – The search for a director of the city’s parks and recreation department is down to six applicants.

“We had seven finalists but one candidate dropped out of consideration. We conducted three telephone interviews earlier this week and will conduct three more telephone interviews on Thursday. And I can tell you we have six very qualified and good candidates,” Councilman at large Kenny Davis announced Tuesday during a council recreation committee meeting.

The search for someone to fill the recreation director job started in February.

The position has been vacant since former Recreation Director Troy Kirkendall resigned from the job in December 2012.

The parks and recreation board received 54 applications and the board personnel committee, along with Davis, City Manager Tim Boland and Mayor Domenick Mucci conducted an initial resume review to narrow the candidates to seven people two weeks ago.

“It is good news that we received 54 applications. That is much more than we anticipated and that is a good problem. We will ultimately determine the best candidate for the position. We want to make sure the successful candidate is ready to hit the ground running,” Boland said at the March board meeting.

“I believe we need a recreation director to bring the volunteer groups in that want to help with the parks and recreation department. The director would facilitate vetting the volunteer groups before they attend your meetings. And the director would be in charge of overseeing the maintenance of the parks and recreation facilities, coordinating event schedules and planning programs in our facilities,” explained Boland during a special parks and recreation board meeting in January.

“The current job description for the recreation director was approved by the Civil Service Commission. The advertisement will include the qualifications for the recreation director who will be paid approximately $41,000 with benefits. I suggest the city manager be part of the candidate evaluation process. The park board will make a final recommendation to the city manager and the City Council will make the final approval,” noted Mucci at the January special meeting.

Boland has said he would like to have a recreation director hired this month.

In other business, council members approved plans to open the Belleview Pool this summer under the volunteer leadership of the LaBelle Neighbors Who Care and the Community for Youth Development,

“The Belleview Pool will open again this year. We are now working with World International Testing to have the pool slide inspected to determine what we need to do to open the slide to the public again. The public stepped forward last year and they are stepping forward again this year,” said Davis.

The recreation committee members also indicated their support to allocate $3,000 for capital improvements at the Beatty Park Disc Golf Course.