The Payson Parks and Recreation Department continues to change.
Starting in August, the town will have two new employees to fill our existing vacant Recreation Coordinator positions. Holly Aungst has accepted a teaching assignment for Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Mary McMullen has accepted the transfer to Trails Coordinator for the Town of Payson Area Trails System (PATS). Mary will also be organizing programs and activities centered on trails and outdoor recreation.
Debra Rose is the new Aquatics and Special Events Coordinator.
Deb has proven herself as a valuable member of the Parks and Recreation team this past summer. Deb was the pool manager at Taylor Pool for the entire season, including extended hours on Sunday and a modified schedule until Labor Day.
Deb is spearheading special events for the department including the popular Trunk or Treat, adult trips, Turkey Trot, and new events centered on the winter holidays and Christmas. Look for more information in the newspaper and on the radio for details.
Joseph Harris is new to Payson.
I have to identify Arizona as the state, since Joseph has spent professional training completing an internship in Payson, Utah.
Joseph has accepted the Recreation Athletics Coordinator position left vacant with the McMullen transfer.
Joseph is very excited to begin working on youth and adult athletic programs.
He is already preparing himself by researching the department's successes in NFL-Flag Football, youth basketball and soccer.
Joseph is bringing a passion for new or renewed sports in Payson.
He comes from a family background in wrestling and is very excited about creating new athletic opportunities for kids and adults.
We are very excited to have such a good balance of new energy and community knowledge with the selection committee's recommendation.
Both candidates participated in an eight-hour assessment center on July 20.
The assessment center included a presentation, facility tour, written exercise, and finally, a group exercise, where all six finalists worked together to develop a new Payson Advisory Youth Council program. Both Deb and Joseph were unanimous choices of the committee.