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Parks supervisor resigns

Paul served less than a year in newly created Hayden position

— Hayden’s parks and recreation supervisor has resigned less than a year after his position was created.

J.D. Paul submitted his resignation last week, and he plans to start working at Twentymile Coal Mine later this month.

“To be honest, it’s a lot less stress and a lot more money,” Paul said. “I think it’s going to be a good move for sure.”



Paul’s resignation comes a week after the town received some discouraging news about the future of Dry Creek Park. The town was not awarded a $200,000 grant to help fund major improvements to the park. The lack of funding could bring the $800,000 second phase of park improvements to a halt.

Paul said that has nothing to do with his decision to resign.



“That didn’t play a factor at all,” Paul said. “It’s a hard grant to get.”

Paul said he regularly worked long days. His duties included planning events, maintaining the parks and organizing recreational activities in Hayden.

He said it often was a seven-day-a-week job.

The town created the full-time position last year in an effort to beef up its parks and recreation department. The starting salary was set at $31,200.

Paul thinks the town will have a difficult time finding someone to do the job at the current salary. He said he thinks three people are needed to do the job properly.

“It’s more than one person can handle,” he said.

The town had to cancel its July 4 activities. Bands, games and food were planned for the fifth annual Summerfest, but Paul said he was too busy planning youth baseball to work on planning Summerfest.

“We just had so many different things going on, it was insane,” Paul said.

A festival may be held this fall in place of Summerfest.

Paul said he met with Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin to discuss ways of improving the supervisor position.

“I really respect Russ and I think Russ is the best thing that has happened to Hayden,” Paul said. “I’m sad to go. I’ve enjoyed working for the town.”


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