Building directors named; certification/continuing education process created

(Cape May Court House) – Middle Township Committee completed a restructuring of its Recreation Department leadership roles, naming two senior employees as Building Directors and putting in place a new certification process to provide continuing education for these Directors.

Tammy Devitt will be Director of the Clarence Davies Goshen Complex; she will coordinate all programs run at that Center, as well as the Memory Lane Tree Memorial Program. Robert Matthews will be Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Whitesboro; he will coordinate programs there and continue to be the liaison with the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro on the programs they provide at the King Center. Justin Cox, a recent hire, will provide support at the Centers and all employees will continue to be trained to work at both facilities.

“While we will continue to integrate staffing and programs at our centers, we recognize the differences between the goals and purposes of each facility,” Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue explained. “By designating Directors for each complex and giving them extra staffing support, our goal is to improve the quality and diversity of programs we can offer across the board.”

Donohue said Administrator Connie Mahon would provide oversight and guidance on larger issues that might arise. This new direction will provide a savings in salary and wages of over $35,000. Some of those savings could eventually go to Devitt and Matthews in the form of a yearly stipend. In order to achieve that stipend, both Directors will be required to complete courses to acquire certification as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and achieve membership in the National Recreation and Park Association and New Jersey Recreation and Park Association.

“It is truly unfortunate that past administrations have never provided avenues or opportunities for recreation leaders to improve their skills and level of professionalism.” Donohue said. “Going forward, we will provide a clear path to improvement for all full time Recreation employees and the financial incentive for them to achieve these goals.”

Donohue said the Township looked forward to moving some of the savings from salaries and wages into the Recreation operating budget in 2014. The end result should be more funds for important upgrades and equipment purchases, as well as increased professionalism and skill levels from key employees.

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