By GALEN HOLLEY
Interested candidates have until Friday to submit their resumes to replace the outgoing Parks and Recreation director.
Richard Ellis informed the Grenada City Council earlier this month that he would retire effective Feb. 27.
City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers will choose the new director, and he said the city has put the word out to find Ellis’s replacement.
“We’ve run the advertisement for the position for a week, and it’s posted at the WIN Job Center,” said Weathers.
He is not excluding the possibility of hiring outside the city, Weathers said.
“I’m going over the resumes carefully, making sure I select the most qualified candidate,” said Weathers.
According to Weathers, the salary for the new director will be between $40,000 and $50,000 per year, based on qualifications.
A representative in Weathers’s office said that the city currently has five resumes for the position.
Ellis served the city more than 30 years, first as a police officer then as Parks and Recreation director. He said his replacement would have to be willing to give up family time and work long hours.
“You’re looking at working probably 65 hours a week,” said Ellis.
“The main requirement is that the individual be a people person,” Ellis said. “They have to be good with kids. They have to have the support of their family. The demand for your presence can be exhausting.”