Lake Station to hire new parks and recreation chief

2013-08-05T00:00:00Z Lake Station to hire new parks and recreation chiefDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | The city is looking to hire a new parks and recreation superintendent.

The new city department head will replace longtime Parks Superintendent Dewey Lemley, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.

"I'm actively looking and we're posting the job. We're looking to hire within the next four to eight weeks," Soderquist said.

Lemley, who began serving as parks superintendent in 2006, also served as Lake Station's mayor for four years and had six years prior experience as parks superintendent.

Soderquist said Lemley hasn't been working for the city for about a month, but declined to say under what circumstances.

"We made a change and are now looking for a new superintendent for the parks department," Soderquist said.

Lemley, who lives in Lake Station, couldn't be reached for comment.

In the interim, daily department-related activities are being handled under the direction of maintenance supervisor John Thomas.

Those interested in the parks superintendent position should have a four-year degree in recreation, Soderquist said.

There are nine park facilities in Lake Station, including Riverview Pool and Splash Pad, and not including the recently added Field of Dreams which soon will be expanding.

"Our park department is one of the best and we're looking to roll out more programs," Soderquist said.

Anyone interested in applying for the position can bring their resume to the municipal complex, 1969 Central Ave. or call (219) 962-2081, ext. 316

 

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