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DeKalb park board interviews search firms

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB – DeKalb park commissioners are expected to discuss forming a new committee on the community pool and hiring a firm to search for a new executive director.

Both topics are slated to be discussed at 7 p.m. today at the Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

DeKalb Park District’s last executive director, Cindy Capek, resigned in May after leaders negotiated a separation agreement in which the district would continue to pay her salary for six months. Three new commissioners were elected to the five-member board in April and soon reached a consensus that they wanted a new director.

Park commissioners interviewed three search firms Wednesday. Representatives from the search firms offered an array of services, from meeting with other local community leaders and auxiliary program leaders to see what they wanted in a new park district leader to checking references.

One firm suggested two rounds of interviews, with the second round involving time to socialize and visit parks. Another firm simply proposed leaving the interviews to the commissioners. The search could take anywhere from six weeks to three months.

Commissioners could vote to hire one of the firms tonight.

As far as the pool, the commissioners are going to discuss forming a committee to discuss the options more extensively, park board President Phil Young said. Leaders decided against partnering with the Sycamore Park District on new pool, leaving them to discuss repairing the aging Hopkins Pool or building a new community pool.

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