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Parks & Rec opts for new staff

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By Ben Hyatt

 

The Harrison County Parks and Recreation Board has unanimously voted for candidates to present for hire.

During the Feb. 18 Parks and Recreation Board meeting,  a call to move into an executive session was made to discuss personnel issues.

After a short discussion among the members, the meeting was reopened to the public.

A motion was made by Frank Henson, fiscal court representative, to hire Brad Steele, of Murry, Ky., as the new Parks and Recreation director pending approval by the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

The motion was seconded by Robbie Vanhook, citizen representative. Motion passed unanimously.  

A second motion was made by Billy Grayson, city commissioner representative, to hire James Milam as the new Parks and Recreation deputy director pending approval of the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

The motion was seconded by Henson and passed unanimously.

Both individuals will be presented to the fiscal court on Feb. 26, for approval to assume all duties listed in the job descriptions effective March 1.

“This is a really good step but realize that we just had our first practice,” said Vanhook. “We have not even played our first game. Our work has just begun.”

According to chairman Missy Lutz, over 50 applications were reviewed by the members for the position of director. Over 20 applications were submitted for the position of deputy director.

“A lot of time and energy has gone into getting this far,” said Lutz. “March 1 is approaching fast so let’s be as ready as possible for it before it even gets here.”

Also discussed during the meeting was the need to begin sign-ups for baseball and girls’ softball.

It was agreed that sign-ups would take place in the old courthouse foyer on Main Street starting on Feb. 25 and ending on March 9.

Weekday times for sign-ups will be from noon until 4 p.m. Saturdays will be 8 a.m. until noon. Anyone with questions should contact the Harrison County Judge-Executive’s office at 234-7136.

 Finally, the board agreed to keep Anna Mae Brooks, current recreation board secretary, on until April 1 to allow her to close all accounts out and to help during the transitional period when the Harrison County Treasurer will assume all financial duties.