The Naperville Park District board says its may decide the next executive director by Dec. 16. What does that person need to know about taking charge of Naperville's parks and recreation programs?
The park board meets Monday night with its consultant, who says 95 people applied for the top job. The search firm says 20 applicants are Naperville residents and 52 are from Illinois. Nine are current park district directors.
The search firm tonight is expected to present commissioners with the names of 10 finalists, who are scheduled to tour the district Dec. 14 and undergo interviews with the board Dec. 15-16. The board is searching for someone to replace Barbara Heller, who left the district in March.
With the search process drawing to a close, what words of wisdom can Naperville residents impart to the incoming director? What advice should that person hear about the Park District -- ranging from administrative issues such as the registration process and program offerings, to finance and tax issues, to park board politics?