Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District recommends an interim director
The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District’s administrative control board recommended the promotion of business manager Megan Suhadolc to interim director on Monday.
The decision was made just days before longtime director Rena Jordan is set to depart.
In January, Jordan announced her decision to accept an executive-level position with an international company after serving as director for nearly a decade. She will step down March 11.
Board members unanimously agreed to forward Suhadolc’s name for consideration to the Summit County Council during a special meeting at the district’s administrative office. The hiring is listed for consideration and possible approval on the County Council’s meeting agenda for Wednesday. It is likely the County Council will approve the board’s recommendation.
Suhadolc has been with the recreation district since 2010. She began serving as the business manager in 2011 and has worked closely alongside Jordan throughout the last several years.
"As the business manager I’m involved in all the departments," Suhadolc said. "I have a really good feel for it all and know what is going on in the organization, so it just makes sense."
Suhadolc will officially step into her new role on March 12, pending approval on Wednesday. Her pay will increase an additional $646 per pay period.
Suhadolc has emphasized she is not interested in filling the position permanently.
"With my work/life balance, for the long haul, I’m just not interested in it," Suhadolc said. "I’m happy to do this for the district now for the transition because we want to keep the train rolling and keep everything on track, but it’s not for me.
"We are just trying to move forward with the capital projects, as planned, and keep moving forward," she said.
The district is on the verge of breaking ground on a second expansion of the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse and several trail development projects, including in Toll Canyon. Construction is slated to begin sometime this summer on the fieldhouse expansion. In 2015, voters passed a $25 million bond to fund the project.
"Megan is very familiar with all the projects the organization currently has going and will be working on throughout the summer and the hiring process," said David Kottler, vice chair of the administrative control board. "The board has complete confidence in Megan and the staff."
The board appointed a committee to explore filling the interim and permanent director positions, Kottler said. The committee consulted with several county officials, including County Manager Tom Fisher and Human Resources Director Brian Bellamy.
"We felt that with the trajectory that the organization is currently on during the interim, Megan would be appropriate for the interim," Kottler said. "We are definitely moving toward finding a permanent director and are working toward putting out a request for proposals from a professional recruiter."
Wednesday’s administrative control board meeting could include approval of a contract for an executive recruiter, Kottler said, before adding that "hopefully things will start moving forward from there." He said the board would like to have someone in place by the end of the summer.
"The team of managers and staff that we have now, and with Megan as the interim, is outstanding," Kottler said. "The board has complete confidence in the district’s ability to move forward during this transition."
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