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DeKalb Park District adjusts job responsibilities

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:44 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District Board on Thursday decided they are looking for more than a new executive director to add to their employee roster.

They unanimously decided to create a superintendent of recreation and facilities position, adding an employee who will oversee the recreation, athletic and aquatic programs and special events. With a salary of $65,000 to $70,000 a year, the employee will supervise the district’s recreation centers, Hopkins Pool and marketing efforts.

Interim Director Ray Ochromowicz said the district will start advertising for the position with the expectation someone would be hired by the new executive director. The Park Board will start interviewing four executive director candidates this month and expects to have a new director in place by July.

“This gives ample time to get the word out and collect those applications so that by the time your next director is hired and acclimated in his or her role, these applications would be on the desk waiting for them,” Ochromowicz said.

The superintendent of recreation will report to the executive director and be on the same level as Lisa Wells Small and Brad Garrison, whose job titles were changed Thursday from assistant director to superintendent of finance and superintendent of parks and development, respectively. Small’s and Garrison’s salaries were not changed.

The new superintendent of recreation position would fit into the budget this year because the district planned to add a new position to the recreation department and is saving money by not having an executive director in place, Ochromowicz said.

The board also approved other job title changes, altered job descriptions and adjusted salary ranges for some jobs, although no employee salaries were changed.

The most noted organizational change was to Hopkins Park Community Center Director and Marketing Director Scott deOliveira’s duties, which will shift more to marketing than pool operations.

Small, Garrison and deOliveira declined to comment on the changes.

Park Board President Phil Young said he didn’t think addressing the organization of the park district in the middle of the nearly year-long executive director search would hinder the process. He said the new structure will give the director a clean slate to work with rather than spending the first months making organizational changes.

“I don’t see how this delayed the search at all,” Young said. “If anything, it will speed up the integration of the new director.”

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