An item on the City Council's Monday agenda says members plan to discuss the Naperville Park District Board. Councilman Doug Krause championed the idea of the city taking over for the district during his 2007 mayoral run. He also said the city could do away with current Executive Director Daniel Betts' position, a job that pays $145,000 annually. Betts is on a leave of absence less than just four months into the job. The district has not given any indication when or whether he will return.
In 12 years, the district has tried eight different executive directors, several leaving not because they necessarily wanted to. If the council did decide to take over responsibility for the board, voters most likely would have a say in a referendum.
With all the turmoil on the Park Board, what could the city offer in the way of leadership that board members can't seem to find on their own? Would the city being doing more than saving money? What are the pros and cons to this kind of decision?