New search for director

by: HOLLY M. GILL - The Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors is in the process of starting a new search for an executive director.It's back to the drawing board for the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors, which has been searching for a new executive director for the MAC.

Last week, after the board received the background check on their top candidate, they decided not to offer the job to the candidate, who board members declined to name.

"We had some concerns after seeing the background check on our first choice," said Anita Goodwin, board chairman. "It wasn't serious, but enough to raise some concerns."

The board's second choice, who lived near the Oregon Coast, turned them down, telling them that he and his family weren't ready to make the move to Madras.

Although they had about a dozen applicants for the position, the board had only interviewed three, and determined that they will advertise the position once again.

In the meantime, former board member Margaret Kincaid will continue in the position of interim manager.

"Margaret is doing a great job, dealing with daily situations that come up, and taking care of things that needed to be done, but haven't been done because of lack of time."

With Kincaid handling operations, Goodwin said, "It means we don't have to rush; we can take our time and be careful about this."

The board has been plagued with personnel issues for the past couple of months, including the resignations of former operations manager Carolyn Harvey, effective Sept. 30, and aquatics manager Bobby DeRoest, effective Nov. 10. DeRoest will be rehired as the MAC coach. The position of recreation director is also still open, with Tyler Larrea serving as the interim director.

The positions of aquatics manager and recreation director will be hired by the executive director, when the board fills that position.

With Kincaid in the interim position, said Goodwin, "It's running smoothly; not a lot gets past her."

In other MAC business, DeRoest reported last week that on average, 25 people participate in the lap swim each day; 15 people participate in the weekday recreation swims, and 85 in weekend recreation swims.

The six-week swimming lesson sessions for sixth-graders will end Oct. 31, and Buff and Metolius students will start lessons in November.

The MAC is also dealing with decorative tiles on the north end of the lap pool that have come loose and need to be reattached. "In my opinion, it's their product (the pool-maker's), their adhesive that has failed," DeRoest told the board at their Oct. 21 meeting.

Beginning this week, board members are immersing themselves in executive leadership training. "We'll meet the consultant in person, then, in the neighborhood of 15 weeks, we will continue training via the Internet, for one and one-half hours a week," said Goodwin. "It will help us run our meetings better and make better decisions."

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