Basin Recreation District narrows field for new director |

Basin Recreation District narrows field for new director

The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District could have a new director by the end of the month, according to Cathy Kahlow, chair of the recreation district’s administrative control board.

The administrative control board, with the help of an independent consulting firm, recently narrowed down its search for a replacement for former district director Rena Jordan to five candidates. Interviews are being conducted with the finalists this week. Kahlow said more than 40 people applied for the position.

“The primary focus of the director is to provide leadership to the existing professional staff for outdoor management and to oversee operations at the Fieldhouse and a variety of parks in the district,” Kahlow said. “The candidates we do have on our finalists list, most of them have a background in recreation and parks.”

The new director will be responsible for overseeing approximately 1,800 acres of open space, 140 miles of trails and several large projects, including the third and final expansion of the Fieldhouse. The district also recently decided to move forward with its partners under the Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan.

“The Basin is growing in residents for Summit County and we are trying to find someone who is willing to look at some new ways of doing things to keep up with the demand of the public and take us to the next level for parks and recreation,” Kahlow said.

Of the five applicants that have been selected as finalists, only one is from Summit County, Kahlow said, adding that the search was not limited to Utah. The position pays between $87,000 and $131,000, not including benefits.

The five finalists are:

  • Brian Hanton, who lives in Summit County, has been with the recreation district since 2003 and currently serves as the parks and recreation manager. He has also served as the program and fitness coordinator for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation.
  • LeeAnn Powell, of Salt Lake, most recently worked as the recreation section manager for Salt Lake County. Before that, she served as the recreation director for Clinton City for more than 20 years.
  • Jeffrey Evenson, of Roseville, Minnesota, has been the park superintendent for the City of Roseville since 2009. He began working for the city in 2001 when he was hired as the park project coordinator.
  • Jeffrey Milkes, of Portland, Oregon, has been the southeast and east services manager and land services manager for the and Recreation Bureau since 2005. He has also served as a recreation and aquatics manager and chief of the military community recreation division in Germany.
  • Kevin Schmidt, of Springfield, Oregon, served most recently as the complex manager for the Willamalane Park & Recreation District. Prior to that, he was the leisure services director for Santaquin City and recreation leader for the Town of Gilbert, Arizona.

In January, Jordan announced her resignation after nearly a decade in the position. She stepped down in March to accept an executive-level position with an international company. Recreation District Business Manager Megan Suhadolc was selected as the interim director. Once the new director is chosen, Suhadolc will remain business manager.

Kahlow said the administrative control board is hoping to forward a recommendation to the Summit County Council by the end of the week. If the recommendation is sent in time, the County Council could list the item on next week’s agenda for discussion and possible approval.

“We have a pretty robust list of what we are looking for in a candidate and we are pretty excited,” Kahlow said. “We are looking for someone with academic and professional experience with open space, recreation and trails to take over.”

To view the County Council agenda when it becomes available, go to under ‘County Council.’

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