|Two New Internal Reorganizations Are Announced|
Two new internal reorganization efforts involving the agency's Land Acquisition, Parks, and Golf Departments were recently announced by Johnson County Park and Recreation District Director Michael Meadors.
Under the changes, which took effect Jan. 26, Bill Maasen, formerly Land Acquisition Manager for the District, will manage the new Planning and Development Department. Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton and Park Planner Jim Wilson, previously of the District's Park Division, will now be part of the new department and will report to Maasen.
"These staff members have worked very closely on all Streamway developments since 1986," Meadors explained. "This reorganization will now more efficiently use their collective expertise to assist and direct the construction and development projects for the entire District."
Additionally, Bill Cobb, formerly the District's Superintendent of Parks, will now be Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses. Operations staff at the JCPRD's two golf courses, Tomahawk Hills Golf Course, 17501 Midland Dr., Shawnee, and Heritage Park Golf Course, 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe, will now report to Cobb. This will include Golf Operations Manager Wayne Montgomery, Heritage Park Golf Pro Rob Wilkin, and Tomahawk Hills Golf Pro Jay Lispi.
"This will allow for continued and improved communication and operations between the pro shop side of operations and the golf maintenance side which is already under Cobb," Meadors said.
Prior to the change, all effected staff were interviewed to discuss the merits and concerns these reorganizations might cause, Meadors said.
Bill Maasen started as land acquisition specialist with the JCPRD in November 1986 and was promoted to Land Acquisition Manager in August 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to the District, he worked as a land acquisition forester for Nekoosa Papers Inc. for about three years and earlier worked as a forestry technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Missouri's Harry's S. Truman Lake.
Bill Cobb, who has served as Superintendent of Parks for 18 years, has been with the JCPRD since January 1980. He began with the District as a park ranger and was promoted to Shawnee Mission Park Manager in 1984. Later that same year, he became Superintendent. Cobb holds an associate degree in parks and natural resources from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and worked as a park ranger/park manager for the Linn County (Iowa) Conservation Board for about three-and-one-half years before moving to the Kansas City area.
The two new reorganizations announced above follow the merger in later December of the District's Community Education and Special Projects departments into the Community Relations Department.