June 24, 2014 by Steve Winkler
New director named for West Fork Parks Department
-Special to the Observer-
by Brian Bowerman, Park Commission Chairman
West Fork, AR – After an exhaustive search and interview process lasting more than two months, the West Fork Parks Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of a new director of the parks department. On June 21, the commission unanimously voted to hire Chad Harrison to be employed as the Director of the West Fork Parks Department. The commission received over twenty applications for the vacancy and conducted five personal interviews prior to hiring Harrison.
According to Parks Commission Chairman, Brian Bowerman, “Chad is a lifelong resident of West Fork, which is of great value. More importantly the skills he possesses and his professional background align well with the responsibilities and job description for the director. He comes highly recommended from area residents as well as from professional references from other communities.”
While a significant amount of his career has been spent in the grocery business, he has a great amount of experience in preparing and managing budgets, daily cash handling activities, record keeping and evaluating financial reports. He is also experienced in purchasing, inventory control and marketing. In addition, the ability to provide excellent and consistent customer service by listening to people and working diligently to meet their needs was a critical qualification.
His past community involvement has included serving as the WFHS Quarterback Club President where he gained tremendous experience in managing concessions. This includes securing volunteer staffing and purchasing strategies to maximize revenue for the club as well as working closely with vendors to secure donated or reduce priced products. He also has prepared athletic fields for games and is experienced in scheduling regular maintenance and upkeep for equipment.
In his vision to enhance the West Fork Parks Harrison states “I want to work closely with the commission to perfect what already exists. From there, I hope to invite other from outside of the West Fork community to the parks as host site for revenue-producing competitive ball tournaments, adult leagues, and such.”
Harrison will begin his duties as Parks Director within two weeks and will be on-site at the 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration at Carter Park on July 3.