By Dustin Luca
---- — PLAISTOW — Town officials are looking for a new recreation department leader after Carli Malette recently resigned.
Malette, who served has recreation director for the town for the last 10 years, recently left her post due to a medical issue, according to Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald.
”She was instrumental in supporting a number of initiatives and programs in Plaistow,” Fitzgerald said. “With that, due to some conditions beyond anybody’s control, we had to move forward and we’ll be looking for a new rec director.”
Christina Cruz, who has been with the town since July, is currently filling Malette’s shoes on an interim, part-time basis as the town starts its search.
The position starts at around $16 an hour. Malette was making $18.73 an hour when she resigned. With longevity pay included, her position was budgeted at $39,202 for this year.
Cruz is currently working 20 hours a week at $14.54 an hour with no benefits, according to Fitzgerald.
Malette’s departure is in no way related to the recent trouble with the town’s beleaguered skatepark, Fitzgerald said. The park was located at Ingalls Terrace Park until it closed in August a year after it opened. The closure followed mounting public complaints about noise, poor behavior and foul language at the park.
Whoever lands the director position would oversee everything under the recreation department’s umbrella.
“Plaistow’s recreational program has evolved over the last 10 years and includes not just programs for our youth or seniors, but really a wide range of activities for the residents,” Fitzgerald said. “I like to joke around that the director of recreation is really in charge with creating a lot of fun.”
Fitzgerald said candidates should have a degree in recreational arts or equivalent experience. Interested candidates can call 382-5200 or email email@example.com for more information.