Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation says next executive director of the park should be "in it for the long haul"


By Jordyn Grzelewski

jgrzelewski@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation urged the park’s board of commissioners at a meeting Monday to select an executive director who will stay in the position for a long time, and who has relevant experience for the job.

“We need a director who is in it for the long haul,” said Jamie Jamison, the foundation’s vice president. “You have the ability to make a change, and hire someone with experience.”

The foundation would like to see an executive director committed to staying in the position for some time because there have been three directors and one interim director in the last seven years, Jamison said.

“This has to change,” she said.

Dennis Miller, the current executive director, announced his resignation to the board in September. He will be leaving at year’s end, after two years in the position, to take over as golf director at the Lake Club in Poland.

Jamison also said that the board should choose a candidate with “extensive” parks and recreation experience.

She said in an interview with The Vindicator that she believes Miller had the necessary experience, since he has worked for the park since 1998. He served as head golf professional and then as golf director before becoming executive director.

Whether the board hires an internal or external candidate is irrelevant, Jamison said, as long as the chosen candidate is committed to staying in the position, has the necessary experience and has strong leadership skills.

The board met in executive session to discuss applicants for the position.

The board received 20 applications for the position. Board president Lou Schiavoni said he expected to narrow the list down to about 10, and then begin interviewing candidates this week or next.

He said the commissioners hope to select a candidate by the end of the month.

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