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Doll joins DeKalb Park District, marks shift in administration

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 10:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 8:51 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – When Amy Doll introduced herself as the new superintendent of recreation and facilities for the DeKalb Park District, she marked a shift in district administration.

Three of the five top administrators for the DeKalb Park District have changed in the past year for various reasons. From those that have yet to start to those who have been with the district for decades, they all say they’re looking forward.

“It was part of the appeal [of the] job to be able to say, ‘Lets look at where we are and get to build from there,’ ” Doll said after Executive Director Jason Mangum introduced her during Thursday’s meeting of the DeKalb Park Board.

With an annual salary of $65,000, Doll will be in charge of the overall operation of recreation, aquatics and athletic programs and special events, as well as marketing. She starts Sept. 2.

Doll, 38, comes to DeKalb after three years as the aquatic director of the YMCA in Freeport and 10 years with the Champaign Park District. She has a bachelor’s degree in math and a master’s degree in recreation administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Park Board members created the position this year at the suggestion of Ray Ochromowicz, who served as interim executive director from January to June.

Creating the position coincided with commissioners shifting job titles for some staff to create a layer of four superintendents below the executive director.

“We looked at this as modernizing and being more efficient,” park board President Phil Young said. “We’re more in line with what park districts across the state are doing.”

Mangum himself started in June after a more than year-long search process. He replaced former Executive Director Cindy Capek, who officially resigned in June 2013, but worked her last day at the district in May 2013.

Next, Mangum will need to hire a superintendent of parks and development to replace Brad Garrison, who retired in July after 37 years with the district. The district is currently advertising the position, which carries an annual salary of between $65,000 and $75,000.

Also in the administration is Lisa Small, the superintendent of finance who has been with the district for 21 years, and Roger Huber, the superintendent of golf who has been on staff for 36 years.

“I think there’s a lot of good energy and new ideas,” Small said of the changes. “I think it will be good for the district overall.”

The five-member DeKalb Park Board also has seen change in the past year. Three new commissioners were elected in April 2013. Late last year, commissioners appointed Dean Holliday to the board after commissioner Don Irving died. His brother, Bryant Irving, was selected in April to fill the position of Mike Teboda, who resigned for health reasons.

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