Salem Parks board reviews director applications

SALEM — The city Parks Commission will hold another special meeting mostly in executive session for personnel to review applications for the parks director position.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Salem Memorial Building, with no action to be taken. Commission Chairman John Panezott said the commission took no action after a special meeting this past Wednesday after reviewing applications and needed to set a second meeting to keep reviewing resumes.

He reported the commission received 12 resumes from people interested in the position to replace outgoing Parks Director Steve Faber, who said he was resigning after 26 years on the job, effective Feb. 2, in a joint announcement with the commission in November.

Panezott would not release the names of the applicants when asked, saying it wouldn’t be fair to them. He said the commission could have some discussion and possibly choose Faber’s successor at the next regular monthly meeting set for 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Any decision on the director’s position would have to be made in open session.

Recreation Supervisor Shane Franks was named interim parks director last month after it was thought Faber would be taking some vacation time this month before his last day. The commission also announced a decision to split park operations from Salem Memorial Building operations, which are overseen by a private, non-profit board.

Both Faber and Franks had received part of their salaries from the Salem Memorial Building board due to also working for the board besides working for the parks commission. Franks announced his resignation as recreation supervisor for the Memorial Building last month as part of the separation. Faber remains part of the Memorial Building operation for now.

The parks department also will remain in the Memorial Building for now, with a possible decision on rent also pending.