County board hires new Kaliseum director

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners checked off one item in determining the future of the Kaliseum Recreation Complex, recently voting to hire a new director who will oversee the day-to-day operations at the county-owned facility.

At a special meeting Tuesday, July 2, board members unanimously voted, 7-0, to hire John Starr of Kalkaska for the full-time position overseeing the Kaliseum.

“It’s a positive step forward,” said Kohn Fisher, District 3 commissioner and chairman of the county board. “(But) it’s never easy. It’s never an easy decision.”

The county board’s Personnel Committee considered four applicants, including interviewing three of them, at a special meeting on Monday, July 1.

According to Fisher, Starr differentiated himself from the other candidates due to his knowledge and experience of social media platforms.

“I think (Starr) was the best candidate for the situation,” he added. “We’re going to be engaging people on all levels and platforms.”

Starr, who reportedly studied business/advertising at Ferris State University, is owner of Starr Communications in Kalkaska.

“You have someone here who has experience with the facility,” Fisher said of Starr. “You have someone who has experience with groups that use the facility. And, you have someone who knows the community.”

At his new job, Starr will receive a salary of $35,000 per year.

Fisher said Starr can increase that annual total by proving to the board he is up to the task of marketing the Kaliseum through the use of social media platforms during his probationary period.

“If it works out, he could earn a stipend for that,” Fisher said. “That would go back to his date of hire.”

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