By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Seward County commissioners Tuesday accepted a proposal from vice chairman Jim Rice to make Linda Johnson the interim director of the county’s Activity Center.
The move came following a work session in late June to fill the position after the resignation of former director Janet Lewis.
Rice had suggested making Johnson and county maintenance supervisor Delbert Stebens co-coordinators of the Activity Center, but Tuesday’s motion included only Johnson. The commission voted unanimously to accept the motion.
During the work session, Rice said the main objective of the director would be to promote and rent the Activity Center and the other fairground facilities and care for the needs of those renting the facilities.
“A well-maintained ground is very important as well,” he said. “It is additionally important that we work to secure a new community event if possible and feasible.”
Rice said the director could also assist with a host of duties needed by the Seward County Fair Board and the K-State Extension office in relation to planning and presenting the annual county fair, which is scheduled to take place next month.
“It should be the responsibility of the coordinator or coordinators to designate staff certain duties to insure the assistance as required by the fair board or Extension as time permits,” he said.
Tuesday, Rice said the county has a job description in place for the Activity Center director, but changes could be made as necessary.
The move to hire Johnson came with compensation of an additional $3.50 an hour for performing the job. Rice said the county will likely review Johnson’s performance approximately once a month for a short period of time, after which the commission will determine what direction it wants to go with the position.