MetraPark to re-advertise for marketing director

2014-04-08T12:02:00Z 2014-06-06T13:45:03Z MetraPark to re-advertise for marketing directorBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

MetraPark is going to re-advertise for a new marketing director and offer more money.

Sue DeVries, assistant general manager, said Tuesday there were three finalists for the position and two of them make more money than the top end of what MetraPark was offering.

To get someone with the skills MetraPark is seeking will require more money, DeVries said. What MetraPark offered was below the going rates for similar jobs in Montana in the government sector, she added.

MetraPark initially offered a salary range of $43,000 to $58,000. The new salary range will be $58,000 to $70,000, DeVries said.

DeVries briefed the Yellowstone County commissioners on the hiring process during the commission's Tuesday board meeting.

MetraPark is seeking to fill the marketing director position vacated when longtime director Sandra Hawke retired at the end of 2013, after 25 years of service. Hawke's salary when she retired was $66,392, said Scott Turner, county finance director.

The county has said it wants someone who will aggressively solicit shows and market MetraPark to draw more shows to the arena and fairgrounds.

MetraPark began the hiring process in February.

DeVries said 13 applicants met the county's qualifications and were referred to MetraPark for review. MetraPark interviewed five applicants and narrowed the field to three finalists.

The applicants were interviewed by DeVries, Turner, Bill Dutcher, the general manager, Commissioner John Ostlund, who is the commission's liaison to MetraPark, and Katie Walsh, an advisory board member.

DeVries said MetraPark will re-advertise for the job at the higher salary range and hold the position open until it is filled. The current applicants will not have to re-apply, she said.

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