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Public's input sought on next executive director of DeKalb Park District

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB – The public is invited to provide input on the next executive director of the DeKalb Park District at a public forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Terrace Room at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road.

Anyone unable to attend is invited to visit the district’s website, DeKalbParkDistrict.com, and provide feedback.

Park board member Per Faivre said he hopes residents will get involved in the process.

“We would love to have people show up and tell us what qualities they would like to see in the next director,” Faivre said. “The more input we can get, the better we can serve the public.”

The questionnaire on website includes four points:

• What do you consider to be the two or three most significant strengths of the DeKalb Park District?

• What do you consider to be the two or three most important issues or concerns facing the DeKalb Park District?

• Please share two or three characteristics which you would like to see in the new executive director.

• Please share any additional thoughts.

Assistant Director Lisa Small has served as interim director since the resignation of Cindy Capek in June. In November, the board engaged the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to find a new director.

Three firms were interviewed, according to board president Phil Young. He said commissioners believe HYA will provide the most services for the money.

The board agreed to a fee not to exceed $16,000.

“They do a lot of vetting upfront. They interview intensely,” Young said.

A representative of HYA will conduct the Thursday forum, according to a news release from the park district.

Public forum

The DeKalb Park District and its executive director search firm will conduct a forum for public input on the next director. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Terrace Room at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road.

Residents unable to attend can find a brief questionnaire online at dekalbparkdistrict.com.

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