Recreation director sought in Prairie Township

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By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

Prairie Township is on the hunt for a director for the new community recreation center and is sparing no expense in finding the best candidate for the job.

The trustees approved a motion to hire an outside agency to assist with the search for the new director.

“The trustees approved paying the Ohio Recreation Association up to $6,000 to assist with a nationwide search for the new recreation director,” said Tracy Hatmaker, administrator for the township. “They will prepare ads, do a state and national search and help us conduct phone
and in person interviews.”

The association will also help the township refine the job description and make connections with qualified candidates.

“They are very experienced and know a good candidate when they see one,” Hatmaker said. “The candidates we are looking for are members of their organization, so it makes sense to partner with them on this.”

Township officials plan to take their time finding the best candidate and expect the search to take approximately four months.

“This is a very important decision,” Hatmaker said. “This person will be running a major community facility, so it is important that they have experience and are qualified.”

While township officials know what qualifications they want to see in a candidate, the Ohio Recreation Association knows other things to look for to spot a great director.

While officials would be please if they found someone local, they are not limiting their search to just Franklin County or even Ohio.

“Our focus is on getting the best person for the job and not where they currently live,” Hatmaker said. “The best use of taxpayer’s dollars is to find the best person for the job, not just the best person locally. That being said if we do hire someone local that would be great.”

For more information, contact Tracy Hatmaker at thatmaker@prairietownship.org.

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