City of Kirksville reopens parks director search

City staffers originally hoped to have a director hired by this month. (KTVO File)

The City of Kirksville has reopened the search for a parks and recreation director.

City staffers originally hoped to have a director hired by this month.

However, the initial search did not pan out as expected.

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber told members of the Kirksville Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission (LPRC) that in the first search, 34 people applied for the job.

Those resumes were narrowed down to four applicants.

In-person interviews were then held with a number of city and community partners.

In addition to advertising the job in the state of Missouri as a whole, Macomber says the city is using a new method as well in order to get the word out on the position.

"We are trying a couple of new sites: Indeed and Monster, along with our normal course of advertising and hope to begin reviewing those resumes that we are getting and set up the process again."

Macomber adds that as of now, at least 5 new people have applied for the job.

A familiar face in the parks and rec community will also be taking on a new role as this transition to find a director takes place.

Robin Harden, who previously served as recreation specialist for the city, has been named assistant parks and recreation director.

Macomber says she has been adjusting well to her new position.

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