County approves parks director responsibilities

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dorchester County Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed parks and recreation director job description at its Jan. 6 meeting.

The county Parks and Recreation Commission, chaired by Councilman Jay Byars, drafted the description in December at its most recent meeting.

“This is the best outline of what we feel represents what we expect the job to entail,” said commission vice chairman Mike Montei, who presented the description to Council.

The group worked with two job descriptions that were created by county staff with assistance from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Executive Director Tom O’Rourke, to create their own description.

The largest elements of the future director’s responsibilities include working toward accomplishing the long-term goals of the commission: to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and to function similarly to Charleston County.

In addition, the description includes public relations and political responsibilities, such as relaying information to the public and the media, and staying current with environmental policy changes.

The estimated salary for the director is $67,000 with $22,000 in benefits. The funds were collected from a “reallocation of franchising fees” that provided $61,900, combined with an “unencumbered” $27,907, according to the funding summary.

The director would report to County Administrator Jason Ward.

Council voted unanimously to approve the job description.

According to Ward, the county will assign the position a grade and advertise the opening for 30 days before interviewing and potentially hiring a candidate.

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