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Park board to stay intact

April 09, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board will remain in place even though the Recreation and Parks Department has been divided into two agencies.

The board discussed its future at its monthly meeting Thursday in the wake of last month's decision by the County Commissioners to split the Recreation and Parks Department, leaving director Ron Kidd without a job.

As part of the reorganization, Stacey McLeran was promoted to recreation manager and Terry Shives is now the interim parks manager. McLeran will report to Planning Director Robert Arch and Shives will report to Public Works Director Gary Rohrer.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop told the board about the reorganization at its monthly meeting last month.

At Thursday's meeting, Arch and Rohrer assured the board they had no intention of eliminating the advisory board.

Board members said they were relieved by the news.

"We haven't been told what we are," said Yogi Martin, board chairman.

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Board members made plans to send a memorandum to the County Commissioners regarding the changes with a suggested change of their own.

"We strongly recommend that under the new reorganization, the Recreation and Parks Department be under the direction of one department head, not divided," said a draft of the document.

Martin said the board members understand that Arch and Rohrer are already busy with other responsibilities and it may not be possible to grant their request.

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