MACEDONIA — Even while the Macedonia Family Recreation Center is closed and its staff laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is still seeking a new leader.

Mayor Nick Molnar announced during City Council’s virtual meeting on Thursday that Parks and Recreation Director Angela Manley is resigning, effective June 15. The city posted on its website and Facebook page Friday that it is seeking applicants to fill the position.

"I don’t anticipate us interviewing anyone for some time, but we figure right now being a good time for the job to get posted," Mayor Nick Molnar told Council. "We can see what candidates are out there and can get through the process to reappoint someone."

Molnar and Manley could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Manley has served in her position since 2006, for much of the Rec Center’s 20-year history.

"Ms. Manley served in the position for approximately 14 years," says a press release posted on the city’s website on Thursday. "The City wishes Ms. Manley the best on all her future endeavors after her time with the City comes to a conclusion."

In recent years, she has overseen renovations at the 55,000-square-foot Rec Center and it was under her tenure that the city paid down the debt taken on in its construction.

The Rec Center hosted an open house in February to mark the facility’s 20th anniversary. There were also plans to celebrate at events throughout the year, but the pandemic have put these on hold as the Rec Center is shut down until further notice.

The Rec Center has also seen increased usage.

"Our membership numbers are really strong," Manley told the News Leader in January. "So our revenue for membership has increased steadily for the last five years."

According to the city’s Facebook posting, the parks and recreation director "manages, conducts, and supervises all programs, operations and facilities of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, performs various public relations and marketing functions, supervises Department personnel, and performs various administrative functions in the Department. The Director of Parks and Recreation also performs duties of other Departmental personnel as needed to ensure effective operation of the Department and its facilities."

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and previous experience.

Go to https://www.macedonia.oh.us/departments/employment-opportunities/job-listings for more information and an application.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.