The resignation of Executive Director Katherine Parker is an opportunity for the Pleasant Dale Park District to cut costs, said Kevin Burke, the district’s president.
“We’re moving some ducks around and see how we can save some money,” said Burke.
Parker’s last day as director was Oct. 1. Athletic director Matthew Russian has since been named interim director.
“We are going to promote from within,” said Burke, who said he expected Russian to be hired as the new director at the Park Board meeting Oct. 9.
Russian will take on much of Parker’s former job while continuing as athletic director, a post he has held for more than three years.
Burke said the district will save much of Parker’s $68,000 salary, plus benefits. Her resignation also frees up a park property behind the Vial House on Wolf Road in which she had been living, Burke said.
“Now, we can sell that property, or use it for some other purpose,” he said.
Russian, of Naperville, came to Pleasant Dale in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in sports management.
“He is very aggressive and very educated,” Burke said.
Since coming to the park district Russian has introduced summer sports camps and has seen the boys’ basketball league grow to include about 100 coaches and 500 participants.
“It is our biggest program,” he said.