A consulting firm has narrowed to six the recommended finalists to replace East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Superintendent Bill Palmer, and BREC board members will begin interviewing the candidates Monday, board Chairman Bill Benedetto said Thursday.
The candidates who made the list of six finalists include park and recreation managers from Baton Rouge; Lafayette; San Antonio; Dallas; Wyomissing, Pa.; and Montclair, Va.
Benedetto has said he’d like to have a decision on replacing Palmer, who is winding up a 32-year career with the parks department, at the board’s meeting on Oct. 27.
The candidates who made the list of 10 finalists, presented alphabetically, are:
e_SBlt Rusty Freeman Bahr, of Wyomissing, Pa. He is chief executive officer of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County, Pa., with a 24-year career in recreational management.
e_SBlt Carolyn McKnight-Bray, of Dallas. Currently executive general manager of business development and procurement services for the city of Dallas, she previously held management positions in that city’s parks and recreation department.
e_SBlt E. Jay Ellington, of Montclair, Va.
Currently executive director of the Prince William County Park Authority in Virginia, he is a former parks and recreation director for the city of Ruston, where he also worked as a consultant.
He also once served as director of parks and recreation for the city of Shreveport.
e_SBlt Ted Jack, of Baton Rouge. An assistant superintendent at BREC since 2009, he previously served as BREC’s director of planning and engineering.
e_SBlt Stuart Johnson, of Lafayette, assistant secretary (director) of the Louisiana Office of State Parks.
• Jerry Smith, of San Antonio. He is manager/director of the Bexar County parks department in Texas.
Ellington, Bray and Jack are scheduled to be interviewed by the BREC board starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Johnson, Bahr and Smith are scheduled for interviews starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Benedetto has said the interviews, which will be held at BREC’s headquarters at 6201 Florida Blvd., are open to the public.
The job description for the top job at BREC says the salary is negotiable and would be in the same range as those for similar positions elsewhere.