The committee charged with narrowing down the field of applicants for the open position of city parks and recreation director has whittled 263 applicants down to four finalists, city Human Resources Director Tom Barron said Wednesday.
The committee, consisting of Barron, Deputy City Managers Lisa Goodwin and David Arrington and city Finance Director Pam Hodge, has turned the four names over to City Manager Isaiah Hugley who, in consultation with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, will make a final recommendation to Columbus Council, possibly at next Tuesday’s meeting, Barron said.
The names are not yet public record. The names of up to three finalists must be made public at least two weeks before any action is taken by council, according to Georgia’s Open Record’s Act. If councilors get the names next Tuesday, March 8, the earliest they could vote would be at their next scheduled meeting, on March 22.
Meanwhile, the open position for director of the Columbus Civic Center is “still in the application accumulation stage,” Barron said, adding that the interview stage will begin as soon as a decision is made on the parks and recreation position.
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Both positions are still posted as open on the city’s website. They are G-25 positions, which pay between $69,770 and $106,163 a year.