Butch Carmichiel, commission chairman, said 28 resumes are in hand for the position. The deadline to apply was May 1.
The commission plans to begin interviewing candidates next week.
“We’ve got some really good candidates,” said Carmichiel. “It’s going to be a really hard decision for us to make.”
He expects it will take a few weeks for the commission to work through the resumes and conduct interviews. The hire will be made by the park commission and does not require approval of the city aldermen or county supervisors.
The commission wanted candidates with a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field such as parks and recreation or public administration and with at least four years of administrative experience in the parks and recreation setting.
Outgoing director Todd Witt had used some vacation time and technically had his last day as a park employee on Friday after 25 years on the job as he begins a new career as a sales representative for a manufacturer in the shooting, hunting and outdoor gear industry.
In addition to managing the day-to-day duties, the new park director will come on board at a time of major expansion for the park. Clearing and grubbing work is in progress by Parsons Earthworks of Iuka, and Carmichiel said that work is expected to be complete by June 9.