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CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Park District has announced its interim replacement for long-time executive director Kathy Renfro, who announced she would retire this May.
After working most of her life in recreation, Kathy Renfro will retire from her post as the Carbondale Park District’s executive director at the end of May.
The Park District announced Thursday that Trey Anderson had been chosen to fill Renfro’s shoes on an interim basis. Anderson has served as the acting Golf Maintenance Superintendent at Carbondale Park District’s Hickory Ridge Public Golf Course for the last three years, the district’s announcement said.
Renfro has worked more than a decade with the district and announced early last month that she would be stepping into retirement in May. Park District board president Carl Flowers said that the board would begin a formal search for a permanent replacement beginning in late summer.
Anderson said as interim, he doesn’t have any major plans to shake up the district and will use the time to see if he would like the permanent position.
“I’ll steer the shop for six-to-eight months … after that we’ll see,” he said. “If there’s a fit there, that’s great.”
Carbondale’s City Council voted Tuesday to send its merger proposal to the Carbondale Park District, nearly two years after voters approved the city exploring merging operations.
Anderson said he will still work part of his days at the golf course while also serving as the district’s executive director.
Discussions began in 2017 with Carbondale officials about the city absorbing some of the park district’s operations. There was recently a proposal sent to the district from the city council with ideas about how this would work.