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Marinette Seeks Assistant City Recreation Director

Terri Florek is retiring from her position as Recreation Department Assistant for the City of Marinette and wheels are in motion to hire a replacement. However, with addition of the city's new Community Recreation and Convention Center the job duties will change a bit, and the position is being changed to Assistant Recreation Director.

On Monday, Jan. 8, the city's Personnel and License Committee approved a new job description that includes duties related to programming for the REC Center, which will include coordinating convention events. The proposed new job decoration will be forwarded for City Council approval.

Alderman Dorothy Kowalski, who had worked on the new job description with Alderman Rick Polzin and Mayor Steve Genisot, presented draft copies for committee input and discussion. A few suggestions were made and included in the final document.

City officials present in addition to Kowalski were committee members Aldermen Polzin, John Marx, and Ken Keller, Chair; plus Genisot, City Attorney Jon Sbar and Parks and Recreation Executive Director Kent Kostelecky.

Marx sought assurance that the duty of cleaning restrooms, which had been written into the old job description, was not included in the new one. It was not, although many of the former duties and responsibilities are.

Polzin asked that they be sure to include programming recreation activities and general recreation activities for the REC Center, as well as coordinating convention events be listed among the main duties, and that change was made. Grant writing responsibilities, part of the old job description, are now assigned to Kostelecky.

Polzin expressed hope that the new person will learn to write grant applications even though that specific responsibility is not in the job description. "We are hoping the Assistant Recreation Director will work with the current Recreation Director and learn from him," he added.

Mayor Genisot noted in working on the job description they had also taken out budget related duties and assigned them to the Executive Director. He noted the new description does not refer specifically to Family Fun Nights or Kids Nights Out. It will be up to the new person would talk about what is working and what is not, determine what kind of programs residents would like the department to offer, and then schedule and work with them.

The person hired is to coordinate with Kostelecky and whoever is eventually hired as marketing director. Discussions are underway between City and Marinette County officials and it appears likely that for the first year at least the marketing director will also handle tourism promotion duties for Marinette County.

Committee approval of the job description as adjusted was unanimous.

Applicants are to have a bachelor's degree in recreation management or a related field of study or five years of experience in recreation management, and either at the start or within six months after being hired will need instructor certification in American red Cross or American Heart Association CPR and AED. Genisot explained the First Aid training is required so the new Assistant Recreation Director can handle incidents and fill out accident reports when Kostelecky is not available.


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