Hayden officials rethink position | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden officials rethink position

Hayden’s first year with a full-time Parks and Recreation supervisor didn’t work out as planned.

The resignation of the supervisor in late June has town officials rethinking the position.

J.D. Paul, who was hired as the supervisor in September, is taking a higher-paying job in the mines and cited a large workload as one of the reasons for his resignation.

July 4 activities had to be canceled because Paul said he did not have time to plan them. His last day is Thursday.

Paul was responsible for maintaining park facilities, planning events and organizing recreational activities.

He said it was too much and suggested the work be spread among more people.

The Hayden Town Parks and Recreation board met Tuesday to discuss hiring a new parks supervisor.

“It would take a person with more passion to be able to do this,” board chairman Richard “Festus” Hagins said.

“You need to have someone that can wear a lot of hats. Trying to find that right person is a tough thing.”

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin suggested hiring someone on a contractual basis at an annual cost of about $10,000 to handle event planning.

The supervisor would still do all the maintenance and recreation program organization.

Board members suggested a different arrangement.

“I see it like one person the town hires to coordinate and do recreation programs and someone to do just the maintenance,” said board member Jill Altman.

Because the Public Works Department is adding a position to its staff, Altman suggested that person be responsible for assisting the Parks and Recreation Department with maintenance.

The board and Martin agreed to explore that option. Martin said he hopes to have a new supervisor hired by early fall. He said part-time, seasonal help should get the department through the summer.

–To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com.

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