The chair of the seven-member Metro Parks board says a new interim director will likely be appointed to head the department at a Dec. 10 special work meeting.
The selection would come three weeks after embattled Parks Director Roy Wilson resigned after his department built a $700,000 budget overrun last fiscal year, combined with a projected $1.77 million overshoot for the current fiscal year. Wilson is expected to leave his position after Dec. 31.
“I would like to think we could do it Thursday,” said parks board chair Stan Fossick, alluding to a scheduled special parks meeting. “It will be something that’s discussed and we’ll basically select someone and we’ll go forward from there.”
The main prerequisite for potential replacements, he said, is holding at least five years of work experience at Metro Parks, adding that heads of divisions within the department would be the most natural for the position. He didn’t mention any candidates by name.
“The main thing to do is to get an interim director in place to work with us as we go forward, particularly over the next few months,” Fossick said. “We’ll be looking not only at bringing the current budget back into alignment, but secondly, in January and February we’ll basically know what we’re going to be looking at funding-wise for 2011.”
As for hiring an eventual permanent director, Fossick said he doesn’t have a timetable, but when the board does decide to advertise the open position he anticipates receiving 50 to 75 applications from candidates all over the nation.
“I think this would be one of the places that a lot of people would like to come to,” Fossick said.