The vacancy sign on the Cabot Parks and Recreation director’s office did not stay up for long. After narrowing a field of 28 applicants, the commission at a special meeting March 6 voted to offer the post to John Crow, a Cabot resident.
Chairman Maggie Cope, co-chairman Ken Kincade, and commissioners John C. Thompson, Jamie Oitker, Dawn Beckley and Johnny White attended the meeting.
Following an executive session, the members reconvened and voted to offer the post to Crow.
“There were a lot of good applicants. It looks good on the city of Cabot to have so many applying for a position,” Thompson remarked after the vote.
Cope remarked that Crow had applied for the post in 2006, when Tarrant was chosen for the post. “[Crow] was one of the top 10 candidates,” she said.
Cope announced the next Parks and Recreation meeting would be 8 p.m., March 14, at which time pay and benefits would be discussed.
Although not yet on board, Crow attended the sales and use tax re-funding town hall meeting held Monday at Magness Creek Elementary, and was soon promoting the Parks and Recreation improvement bond.
“Because it will be good for Cabot,” Bond responded to a query of why the bond should be approved.
Crow, currently the parks maintenance superintendent for the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, said he would be leaving that post in a few days to move into the Cabot director’s office.
Crow will be succeeding former director Larry Tarrant who took a post with Morrilton Parks and Recreation. Tarrant was Cabot parks director since 2006.
Crow’s resume shows he is a 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, with a degree in physical education and wellness promotion.
His work history includes positions at the Presbyterian Home for Children at Monticello; Phoenix Youth and Family Services at Lake Village; Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas at Gould, where he directed various educational and recreational service and programs.
In 2001 he began as parks director at Monticello, followed with the director’s post at Berryville, and then North Little Rock, first, as projects coordinator and then parks maintenance superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department.
On Monday, Crow said he is looking forward to stepping in to the new job. “We live here in Cabot, we’ve had a lot to do with parks and recreation. So I already have a good idea of what is going on, what needs to be done,” he said.