County parks director coming closer to reality

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

After months of talking about it, the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the details of creating a new position for a director of parks and recreation at its next meeting.

County Councilman Jay Byars, who is also the commission chairman, called the meeting for tonight, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Dorchester County Council conference room in Summerville. The sole agenda item will be to discuss creating a job description, he said.

Commission members received copies of two position descriptions last Tuesday at its most recent meeting. Because the county does not currently have this position, the group will work with the two examples to create their ideal position description, which will then be recommended to Council for further action.

Councilman Byars said staff and Tom O’Rourke from Charleston County parks and recreation have been working to create the examples for the last few months.

He said his goal is for the commission to make a recommendation to Council this month.

“By hiring a person who professionally understands this, it will help us. We need somebody who lives and breathes it, this is what they do every single day,” he said.

He said the county has already eliminated two county positions that were being unused to allow for the new director.

Although the description is subject to change after the commission and County Council meetings, according to the examples the director’s duties preliminarily include managing parks personnel, public relations, finances, planning and safety.

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