Foothills management fills Easton's post on interim basis

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By Matt Gunn

Until the Foothills Park and Recreation District fills the executive director position left open by the retirement of Bob Easton, a team of six of its directors team will take responsibility.

Responsibility is shared among the district’s directors, with a rotating “point person” sitting in the executive director’s chair during board meetings.

“There really wasn’t a viable chance to bring in an interim executive director, and the board really wanted to give an equal opportunity to everybody on the management team,” said Paul Rufien, Foothills counsel.

District finance director Terry Green was the point person during the Jan. 8 Foothills board meeting. It was the first time Easton was not executive director in more than a decade.

Mary Pat Adams, Foothills manager of marketing and community outreach, said that following Green, director of golf Tom Woodard will act as point person. Colin Insley, Adams, Paul Quaiser and Yannick LeRolland round out the rotation before it resets.

Linda Wharton, director of human resources and risk management, is not in the rotation because she has extra responsibilities in working with the board during the search for a new executive director.

“It’s twofold,” Rufien said. “One, just the role of HR does distinguish itself from the rest of the management team. But yes, by far she is more involved in the search than the rest of the management team.”

Foothills has retained Peckham & McKenney, a Sacramento, Calif.-based firm that provides executive search and consulting services to government agencies in the western United States.

The job listing has been posted, marking the first stages of the search process.

“It’s out there, and the latest update that we got from the search firm was that it was a good response, that several applications were in, and we expect many more,” Rufien said.

Contact Matt Gunn at matt@evergreenco.com