July 24, 2016

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Park official won’t go far for new job

MEDINA — City Parks Director Tim Swanson’s last day on the job is Friday. But he won’t be going far.

After 18 years of working for the city, Swanson will become deputy director of the Medina County Park District, starting Monday, with an annual salary of $69,750.

Tim Swanson

He said he was earning a little more working for the city, but the county job offers more prospects for advancement.

Swanson started as city forester and was promoted to parks director in 2006. His responsibilities grew to include forestry and the cemetery along with parks.

He said his new job will involve learning the duties of Medina County Park District Director Tom James, with the possibility of becoming director of the park district when James retires.

“The park district — the way they actually operate is totally different; the budget structure is based off a levy,” he said.

“It’s going to be a different animal altogether.”

Swanson said, though, his experience working with people to improve the parks would translate to the new job.

James said he chose Swanson based on his experience.

“I interviewed four people,” James said.

“I was looking for people with experience in park administration; basically somebody that I thought had the ability to learn the job and do it well.”

James said Swanson would be the park district’s first deputy director.

“It’s a position that we have contemplated filing for about four years, but due to budget cuts we delayed it,” he said.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell announced Swanson would be leaving at Monday’s City Council meeting.

“Tim overall has done a great job for us, been very dedicated to the city,” Hanwell said. “While we’re sorry to see him go, we know this is a great opportunity for him through the county.”

Council members and city administration officials all congratulated Swanson on his new job.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.