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Parks board OKs salary ordinance change

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The Columbus Parks and Recreation Board has approved a resolution that reinstates the salaries of two positions in the department.

The board, with two of three new members attending their first meeting, approved a resolution Tuesday that moves salaries for the parks director and marketing coordinator positions back in the city’s salary ordinance. There was no discussion on candidates or a timetable for filling the positions.

The City Council on Jan. 21 removed the parks director salary from the ordinance after director Ben Wagner was demoted to marketing coordinator. Council members said at the time that they wanted to prevent Mayor Kristen Brown from filling the position until the parks board had an opportunity to receive a legal opinion about whether the mayor could demote or fire a parks director.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to reinstate the salaries at its June 3 meeting after a lengthy and heated discussion with city officials.

A range of $58,000 to $84,000 was restored to the parks director’s position, and a range of $28,000 to $40,000 was set for the parks marketing coordinator position.

New board members Jennifer Carroll and Angie Macy were in attendance, joining David Jones. The third new board member, Amy Kleinert, had a personal conflict and could not attend.

The new members were appointed to the parks board May 30 by the mayor after three members resigned a week before.

The board elected Jones as its president, Kleinert as vice president and Carroll as secretary.

The board also appointed its members to boards throughout the city. Jones will serve as a member of the Columbus Area Arts Council and Columbus Plan Commission boards, Carroll will serve as a member of the cemetery board, and Macy will serve as a member of the Foundation for Youth board.

Kleinert is already on the Arts Council board and will not be serving on another board as a parks board member.

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