Board says no to Steele reinstatement

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By Ben Hyatt

Cynthiana-Harrison County Parks and Recreation Department have officially announced the resignation of director Brad Steele.
After three months of employment as the first director of the newly vamped Cynthiana-Harrison County Parks and Recreation, Steele turned in his letter of resignation during a special meeting held on Wednesday, June 12 after having announced his intent to resign at the county judge’s office on Tuesday, June 11.
According to Parks and Recreation chairman Missy Lutz, Steele presented the recreation committee with his letter of resignation during the special called meeting.
However, during the meeting, Steele asked the committee if it would be willing to reinstate him as the director of recreation.
Parks and recreation committee met in executive session, in accordance with open meetings requirements, to further discuss personnel issues pertaining to Steele’s request.
After the executive session closed and the meeting was re-opened, the committee voted to accept Steele’s resignation and to not reinstate him as the director of Parks and Recreation.
According to committee member Frank Henson, the reasoning behind the committee not voting to reinstate Steele was not to be released at this time.
“The issue was not about him doing his job per se or whether people supported him,” said Lutz. “There were other issues which do not need to be mentioned but make no mistake that we did not want to let him go but we felt it necessary in the end.”
Lutz added that during the three months Steele was the acting director, multiple programs were started and grants were applied for in order to build recreation in Harrison County.
“Recreation is better than ever,” said Lutz. “Look at the parking lots on River Road. The general atmosphere is positive. We are moving forward, this is just a hurdle for us to overcome.”
Henson explained that deputy director Jim Milam will remain in his current position and the committee has named Jim Roberts as the interim director until the position can be posted in accordance to county policy, which states all positions shall be opened to current county employees before advertising to the general public.