Joyce resigns as HI's Rec Center Director

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Doug Joyce

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Recreation Center Director Doug Joyce turned in his resignation to the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District on Friday.

Joyce has accepted a position with the City of Joplin, Mo., as its recreation, parks and cemeteries director, he said by phone Friday.

His last day with the district is Oct. 11, and he is due to start his new position Oct. 20.

Joyce joined the district in March 2006, moving here from Oregon, Ohio, where he served as Parks and Recreation director and recreation supervisor.

During his tenure in Holiday Island, he instituted many new programs and events, such as the transportation van, the Labor Day Quality of Life event, the Grubb Club and the Nine and Dine 9-hole golf and dinner club and was an active member of the Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce, partnering with the Chamber and with the Friends of the Barn to help the community.

Although lamented by many property owners, Joyce's departure is not unexpected by the community. In March of this year, more than 260 property owners signed a petition in a show of support for him. They called him an "asset" to Holiday Island.

"We were worried the programs Doug has initiated were not being supported by the commissioners or the district manager," said property owner Pete Putnam at the time.

It was rumored that Joyce asked the commissioners for a salary increase last year in light of his many accomplishments and was turned down.

He said he is very happy with the salary offered in his new position.

He said he feels good about his two years here.

"I am really happy with what I've been able to accomplish," he said.

"I'm sad to see him go," said Putnam Friday. "So much has been accomplished by Doug in a short time here that has greatly increased the quality of life in Holiday Island. Doug seems to have been the one person who had the entire community's interest at heart, as opposed to just factions of it."

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