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The city’s Recreation Department has a new leader. The city hired Haley Morrissey of Macon, Mo. to replace Rob Kinnard as Recreation Director.
Morrissey is a recent graduate of the University of Central Missouri and has spent time working with YMCA programs in the past.
Kinnard said his schedule didn’t allow him to participate in the selection process as much as he would have liked to, but he did say he was impressed in his initial meeting with Morrissey.
“I believe she is young and progressive,” he said. “She has a strong background in YMCA programming, and that is going to be a plus. I’m excited about what she has to bring to the table.”
Kinnard said he is still looking forward to working with Morrissey on special projects and getting familiar with the community.
“I’m going to be behind her 100 percent,” he said. “That was the promise I made and I wanted to fulfill that with the community.”
Park Board President Joyce Bowles spent some time with her and participated in the interview process. She said she is also excited about the youthful energy Morrissey will bring to the city. Bowles said she also likes the budgeting classes she has taken in school.
“I like her. She’s a very attractive young lady and she seems very smart,” she said.
Morrissey will start on Monday, Oct. 20 and Bowles said she is already looking for an apartment in town.
A lot of focus will be spent on the Recreation Department because a lot of money has been invested in programs that Kinnard built up over the last year. Some programs made some money but others lost money.
City officials believe that all the programs can be profitable this year with a new director and Kinnard’s help.