MARINETTE — The restructuring of the City of Marinette Recreation Department is under way at City Hall.

The potential job descriptions for the recreation program assistant and the shared marketing & tourism position with Marinette County were the highlight of the Personnel & License Committee’s meeting on Thursday. Mayor Steve Genisot presented the committee with suggested job descriptions and employment requirements for the two positions, and said he was open to suggestions for additions or changes. 

“The county has tentatively said that they would partner with us on a marketing/tourism position, regardless of what we call the position,” he said, referring to the previous agreement between the county and city to split the cost of the position and split the position’s time between marketing the City of Marinette and the new Community REC Center as an event space, and marketing Marinette County tourism as a whole. “We just need to define what the position is, what we financially want to put into it, and then start the process of interviewing.” 

Ward 7 Alderman and Marinette County board member Rick Polzin, who put together the rough draft of the Marketing & Tourism position’s job description, said he had included typical job requirements and qualifications for the county tourism coordinator but the draft still needed language about what the city required. 

“We want someone with experience, I would say,” he said. “Somebody who’s got some time, who can come in and make a difference immediately ... The biggest thing, from the county’s standpoint, is being able to get the tourism person out into the county to meet the businesses and associations, snowmobile clubs and all that, just to establish a presence out there. ... Our needs are primarily about the REC Center.” 

Requirements for the job listed in the description included two years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Salary will be dependent upon the qualifications of the applicant.

After some discussion about the position’s title, the committee voted unanimously to forward the job description for the marketing/tourism director on to the City Council for approval in order to begin the hiring process as soon as possible. 

As for the recreation program assistant position, the committee decided to take some time to compare the modified job description with the old job description and the new job descriptions for executive director of recreation & events and the recreation director, and make changes according to new hours, duties and shifts in department responsibility. The committee also decided to change the title of the position to assistant recreation director. 

The recreation program assistant position was recently vacated by Terri Florek, whose last day was Dec. 22. Florek spent 39 years working with the recreation department. She began working at age 15, in the after school program at Park Elementary and eventually at the ice rink. After graduating from UW-Marinette, Florek took on a secretary position with the department, and through the years her role in the city’s recreation programming expanded. 

“It was exactly what I needed,” Florek said of her time with the department. “I think my only regret was not getting to drive the Zamboni.” 

Favorite parts of her work, Florek said, included her certification as a lifeguard, teaching aid classes such as CPR, first aid and babysitting courses, and the Princess Tea Party event. 

As for what she’ll be doing after her retirement from the Recreation Department, Florek said she plans to take some time before making a decision about what to do next. 

“I’m not done, I’m just retired from that role,” she said. “I still feel like I have a lot to offer my community.”