Autopsy of One Commissioner's Superintendent Search

As the search for a Park Superintendent began, Commissioner Kummer weighed in on the qualities the Park Board should seek in a Park Superintendent:

I am a relatively new to this. My thoughts are not as well-defined as others who have served longer. Right off the top of my head, the reason I want a search firm is to find the best person to fill the job… We have a different situation now. We possibly need a different kind of superintendent than what we have had in the past.

On Dec. 17, 2003, in a surprise and unorthodox move by a group of 5 (out of 9) Park Commissioners, Kummer voted to hire Jon Gurban as Superintendent. Gurban had neither applied nor interviewed for the job.

After the vote Kummer admitted:

It’s awkward. It wasn’t the most standup way to do it.

She dismissed the importance of interviewing, saying:

An interview is kind of an unnatural situation anyway. It is very stylized.

[All quotes from the January 8, 2004 issue of the Southwest Journal.]