The City of London is looking for a new parks and recreation director, following the resignation of Ben McCoy on Monday, May 19.
Safety-services director Steve Hume said McCoy is leaving the position, which pays $44,927 annually, for a private sector job.
Hume said McCoy may continue to oversee the recreation department’s softball leagues — at least through the summer months. Linda Granger will continue to manage the London Municipal Pool.
City administrators are accepting applications for McCoy’s replacement through June 11. A help-wanted advertisement will appear in The Madison Press on May 23-24.
Minimum requirements include an associate degree in recreation or administrative supervision; license as a certified pool operator and certification in herbicide application. An Ohio driver’s license is also required.
Hume noted the posted requirements are stringent. He expects to ask the city’s civil service commission for modification.
McCoy stepped into the recreation director’s position in February 2013, following the resignation of Ryan Ladd. McCoy formerly taught technology classes at London High School.
Budget cuts had reduced the recreation director’s job to part-time, spurring Ladd’s departure.
With more money available, city council upped the job to full time in January.
Tension between McCoy and some members of city council continued into the new budget year with frequent bickering over recreation department expenses.
Council president Pat Closser was one member with a microscope on department spending.
On Tuesday, Closser acknowledged that scrutiny, but noted McCoy has done a good job overall.
“It’s sometimes difficult for all department heads to stay within their budgets and to understand the budgeting process,” Closser said.
He said McCoy established departmental guidelines, increased participation in municipal sports programs and made the city pool a popular summertime draw.
“He was instrumental in improving the pool and opening it last year,” Closser said.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.