City of Yukon to fill Parks & Rec director vacancy

City manager hopes by Dec. 1; Scott left post after 22-1/2 years

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Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Applications are being accepted for a key opening in the City of Yukon.

Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar is seeking a successor to Jan Scott, who served nearly 22-1/2 years as Yukon Parks & Recreation director.

Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott

Scott, who came to the City of Yukon in May 1999, resigned from the position in September.

Kretchmar hopes to fill the vacancy by Dec. 1 after an interview panel meets with candidates.

“We are accepting applications until the end of the month,” Kretchmar said this week. “At that time, we’ll start interviewing from the applications that we’ve received.”

Yukon city officials will consider candidates from across Oklahoma and other states. The position has been advertised nationally.

Several current city employees are “internal” contenders after applying for the post.

Selecting Scott’s replacement will be up to the city manager, who hopes the next YPR director brings “some new and fresh ideas” to the department.

“I’m looking for someone who has experience in parks and recreation, coordinating events, programming, and athletics,” Kretchmar said. “Parks & Recreation involves so many different divisions, so they have to be well-rounded.

“That department provides quality of life for our residents. I’m really hoping that we get someone who loves parks and recreation and has some experience.”

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PAY AND BENEFITS

The YPR director’s pay range is $89,565 to $126,651, according to the City of Yukon website.

The position qualifies for full-time benefits: Health, dental and life insurance (paid at 100% for the employee); retirement (employee and employer contribution), paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays, longevity pay after four years, college degree incentive, and tuition reimbursement.

A job posting on the city’s website provides a general description of the open position:

  • Under general supervision from the city manager or their designee, the YPR director “performs administrative, supervisory and professional work in the planning, development and operation of a comprehensive public recreation program for the community, through recreation programs and events, athletics and aquatics.”
  • The YPR director “plans, promotes, organizes, and administers public recreation service for the community, under policies and directives established by the city manager or their designee, performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.”

The five-page job description lists 13 “essential duties and responsibilities.”

The Yukon Parks & Recreation administration office is inside the Mary Huckaba Municipal Building, 532 W Main.