Interviews for new MAC director

Margaret KincaidWater polo was on the mind of Margaret Kincaid on Friday evening, as she "got her feet wet" as the Madras Aquatic Center's interim manager during the preparation for Saturday's multiteam tournament.

Kincaid, who has been involved with the MAC since before it was built, jumped right in to fill the manager position vacancy left by the resignation of Carolyn Harvey, who had been the manager for most of the past year.

Harvey's resignation took effect Sept. 30, and Kincaid started work at the MAC the next day, to keep the operation running smoothly.

"Right now, it’s just being able to maintain staff, making sure paychecks are being signed and keeping up correspondence and communication," said Kincaid, after meeting with the interim recreation director, Tyler Larrea, to figure out the best way to handle placing at the tournament.

"I'm just honored that they thought enough of me to have me fill in," said Kincaid, who was elected to the MAC's first board of directors in the fall of 2004, and served two three-year terms.

Anita Goodwin, chairman of the MAC Board of Directors, said that the board asked Kincaid to manage the aquatic center until the board hires a new director for the center.

The board advertised the position and received about a dozen applications, which it whittled down to three for interviews after input from a group of community members, she said, adding that all three finalists are from Oregon cities, including Madras, Redmond and Toledo.

"They are really wanting to take their time and be really thorough," said Kincaid. "They had an outside panel looking at applicants. They want to make sure they have the right candidates."

Goodwin expects the board to make its selection by Oct. 18, and have the new director onboard by mid-November.

In the meantime, she is confident that Kincaid will effectively manage the MAC, and make the transition easy.

"She’s really familiar with the MAC and I think that’s helping out," said Goodwin. "She’s a detail person, so she will be making sure that things don’t go unnoticed; she’s doing a very good job."

Once the new director is selected, the person will help select the aquatics supervisor and the recreation director.

Besides her duties at the MAC, Kincaid serves on the Jefferson County Library Film Committee; is a full-time substitute teacher for the 509-J and Culver districts; coaches boys’ tennis; and teaches cake-decorating classes.

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