CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Parks and Recreation Board is still deliberating on who it will appoint to serve as the city’s new parks and recreation department superintendent.
Stow Mayor Sara Kline and Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Director Jessica Simons were among the five applicants who were interviewed earlier this month by the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board for the city’s parks and recreation department’s superintendent position.
John Schmidt, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Board, previously said he hoped the Board would make a decision by Thursday’s regular meeting. However, Schmidt told the Stow Sentry on Wednesday that the Board was not yet ready to make a decision.
The Board met Thursday and, although the meeting agenda stated the Board "may discuss and consider matters relating to the appointment or employment of a public employee or official," members did not discuss the superintendent issue.
In addition to Kline and Simons, the other applicants who were interviewed were: Michael Fallis, program supervisor for Wood County Educational Service Center; Scott Robbins, marina manager for the city of Mentor; and Aaron Tiplady, program coordinator for the city of Strongsville.
Ed Stewart retired from the superintendent’s post on Feb. 1 after leading the department for the past four years. Lori Visner is serving as interim superintendent while the Parks Board searches for Stewart’s replacement.
Visner was not one of the 48 people who applied for the job.
Kline currently earns an annual salary of $81,193.68 as mayor, according to a Stow Finance Department official. Simons draws a yearly salary of $71,968, according to a Tallmadge Human Resources Department official.
The entry level yearly salary for the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department’s Superintendent’s job is $95,334, according to a Cuyahoga Falls Human Resources Department official.
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