FARGO — The Forum has obtained audio recordings of interviews with four of five finalists for the job of Fargo Park District executive director after challenging a decision by Park District officials to close the interviews to the public.
An interview with a fifth finalist for the job, interim executive director Dave Leker, was opened to the public after The Forum requested the Park District depart from its plan to hold all of the interviews behind closed doors.
A story about that interview with Leker can be found here.
Leker is a University of North Dakota graduate and has been with the Fargo Park District since 1999, starting out as the parks director until becoming the deputy director in 2017.
The other finalists and their recorded interviews include:
- Susan Faus is deputy director of parks and recreation in Bloomington, Minn. She was formerly Edina's assistant director. The North Dakota State University graduate was a member of the Bison's 1991 women’s basketball national championship team, an All-American in track and field and was inducted into the Bison Hall of Fame in 2013.
- Brian Brogan lives in Los Alamos, N.M., where he serves as the community service director of Los Alamos County. He has about 20 years of experience in parks and recreation management.
- Jeremy Rogers is the parks and recreation director for the unified portion of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. He was also formerly a recreation director in Wichita and assistant recreation director in Independence, Mo.
- Dan Keyes currently lives in Fort Bragg, Calif., where he serves as the chief administrator for the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District. He has been in management in the parks and recreation field for 30 years in various cities in the western United States. He was the recreation director in Breckenridge, Minn., from 1993 to 2000.
The executive director post became vacant in July when former executive director Joel Vettel resigned.
Subsequent to the resignation, a five-member committee selected the five finalists after whittling down a list of 40 applicants to 10, who were interviewed by video phone calls prior to the finalists being named.