Parks And Rec Says Goodbye To Two Staff Members

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There's plenty of staff changes under way at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Longtime sports coordinator Teddy Pettet resigned to take a teaching position near Boise, Idaho.

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Newly appointed recreation coordinator Darlene Pierman comes to the parks and recreation department with experience in the corporate world as a wellness specialist, special events coordinator and a mentor of a senior center.

Michelle Saurage also resigned and moved to Oregon.

Saurage has been replaced by former Cleveland, Ohio resident Darlene Pierman and Pettet's duties will be assumed by Charlene Hunt, recreation specialist, and director Bill Schwind, director.

Hunt is no stranger to the staff, having worked for parks and rec department on a part-time basis for the past two years.

Pierman, a recreation coordinator, will be responsible for town-sponsored events and activities such as the annual 5K runs, Christmas program, bus tours, summer recreation program, crafty kids and the Concerts Under the Stars. She also will oversee activities at Taylor Pool during the summer season.

Although she's been on the job less than a week, Pierman is settling in.

"It's great. It's something I was hoping I would get," she said.

Pierman comes to Payson with experience in the corporate world as a wellness specialist, special events coordinator and mentor of a senior center.

She said she won't make any big changes over what has been done previously by Saurage.

"I want to learn the job first," she said.

Once she becomes more familiar with her duties, Pierman plans to increase the recreational opportunities for Rim country seniors.

She said she first discovered Payson years ago on a visit from Ohio. She and her husband were to stay one night, but because of a snowstorm, they stayed three, she said.

During their visit, they toured a local subdivision and ended up purchasing property.

Last January, she and her husband took the opportunity to leave Ohio and move to Payson.

"We love it here," she said.

With Pierman overseeing events and activities, Schwind and Hunt will team up to plan and supervise sports activities such as softball, adult basketball, volleyball and the inaugural youth flag football league. Hunt also will continue to host the barrel and pole bending series.

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