One County Resident Has Been Recommended By Outgoing Admin
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Judge Executive Wil Cannon discussed the need for another Parks and Rec program administrator with magistrates at Monday night's fiscal court meeting after the resignation of Greg Hudson.
Cannon asked the court for their preference on how the hire should be made, whether a committee would be appointed or allowing Cannon to make the hire himself.
While Hudson's position was a full time county role, Cannon said his replacement will be part time only, due to cutbacks in the county budget. He said the job will pay $12 per hour and will be less than 100 hours per month. One magistrate asked if the job could be done part time, to which Cannon replied, "It will have to be."
Judge Cannon said local resident John Kiernan had showed interest in the position, and Mr. Kiernan was the sole recommendation from Hudson as he departed. Kiernan was present at the meeting and addressed the court.
He said he works full time at Country Oven Bakery but his schedule will allow him to have the necessary time available for the job requirements. "I've been involved with Parks and Rec for the last nine years coaching," he said. "I'd just like to see us keep moving forward and not step back. I want to keep our (little league) boards together and just keep moving forward."
Kiernan has two children in the program with a smaller one to join the program soon. He said he's coached baseball, basketball, and soccer.
"I talked with John for about an hour the other day," said Judge Cannon to the magistrates. "I think he'd be a great candidate for the position but to be fair, we can accept applications for however long you want if that's what you want to do."
After a brief discussion, Magistrate Edd Rich motioned for Judge Cannon to make the hire. Magistrate Mark Woosley asked to also allow Parks Director A.B. Webb to join Cannon. Cannon agreed and also asked Magistrate Joe Durbin to join, which completed a three-man committee.
The motion was seconded for the committee and applications will available for the next two weeks. The Edmonson Voice will have the full job posting available.