MISHAWAKA - The city parks board voted Monday to offer the superintendent’s job to a man who, until recently, has worked as a senior director in the city parks department in Alexandria, Va.
Roger Blakely still has to respond to the offer.
He’d bring more than 20 years’ experience in city parks, including in Yuma, Ariz., said parks board President Reg Wagle.
Board member John Coppens, speaking for the personnel committee, noted Blakely’s experience in city government.
Wagle said Blakely has worked on major projects, been a strong team builder and worked well between different departments.
A total of 31 people applied for the job, many from the Midwest but some from as far away as Nevada and the East Coast, said city human resources Director Bonnie Bonham.
Wagle said he’s been “amazed by the caliber of applicants.”
If he accepts the job, Blakely would replace Mike Faulkner, who resigned in May to take a job as Mishawaka High School’s assistant athletic director. He’d been superintendent since 1997.
Tom Klaer, who retired in 2006 as assistant parks superintendent, has been serving as interim superintendent since May. Klaer has said he was not a candidate for the permanent job.
The board voted unanimously to make the offer to Blakely. Board member Mike Bergin was absent.
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