HI district manager resigns

Monday, July 30, 2012
John D. Kennedy

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Holiday Island District Manager John D. Kennedy resigned from his post Monday after being on the job for less than six months.

After a short executive session, the Board of Commissioners voted to accept his resignation, effective July 31.

Kennedy started work for the district on March 12, after the position had been open since Nov. 28, when the board fired previous District Manager Kevin Crosson. Property owner Boyce Williams served as interim district manager prior to Kennedy's hire.

Before coming to work for Holiday Island, Kennedy had served from 2002 to 2011 as the parks director at Shawnee County Parks and Recreation in Topeka, Kan. His education, background and career was in parks and recreation.

Kennedy said he has accepted a job in Raymore, Mo., as a parks and recreation director. The job is located an hour from his home in Kansas City, where his wife of a little over a year works and resides.

"Tough decision," Kennedy said of his leaving, "probably one of the hardest ones I've ever made."

He said during his time here, Holiday Island became "home," and it wasn't because of the beautiful scenery, but the people.

"You guys are awesome, I mean you're just a wonderful group of people, and I just can't say enough. The next person that takes this position is going to be very lucky. I had intended to stay here a long time, but things didn't go the way I wanted them to go."

Chairman Linda Griswold said, "We have to wish him well. He's a newlywed; he's going back. He will only be a couple hours from home as opposed to six hours from home."

Griswold thanked Kennedy for his work and told the audience, "Please understand that this district will move forward. Just because we do not have a district manager sitting in that seat does not mean that we're going to fall into a pile."

The board will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. at the district office to discuss hiring a new district manager.

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