Pahrump man selected for Gardnerville manager |

Pahrump man selected for Gardnerville manager

Merrie Leininger

The town of Gardnerville chose a new manager who describes himself as a people person and who was chosen for his energy.

James Park Jr. is a Pahrump resident and a senior management analyst for Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. The Gardnerville board, minus Tom Cook, voted unanimously Thursday to offer the job to Park.

The job will not be officially offered to Park until Douglas County Human Resources completes reference checks.

“I think he, by far, had the best handle on what we do,” said board member Randy Slater.

Chairman Loren Orr said he also liked Park after an earlier interview with him.

“Park maintained an energy level throughout both interviews. I have full confidence all three could do the job, but I would go with Mr. Park. He understands what we need. I think he would work well with existing staff and allow those folks to grow in their positions and make a better team,” Orr said.

Board member Jerry Smith made a motion to offer the job to Park and it was OK’d by the rest of the board.

The position will pay between $41,288-$48,817, but Park said during his interview that job satisfaction, not the money was not important to him.

Park was the last of the 30-minute interviews with the board Thursday night. He said he wanted to create a place the citizens felt they could come to with their problems.

“I would very much like to become active in the community – building that strong network of friends and acquaintances. I think that provides a word-of-mouth way of disseminating information. All too often, I find when a citizen has a issue, or lack of information, they will call the office and get transferred around,” Park said.

He said his first job would be to “beat the pavement,” and find out who are the people in the community he will serve and who are the people who will work under him.

“I need to learn who’s who and get into some of the history; what the budget’s been, what’s the projection, who are the players, who are the community groups. I want to get out and find out where we are and the goals of the board and the community,” Park said.

He said his office would have a a “give and take” atmosphere.

“I learned a long, long time ago, you can’t approach things in a totalitarian sense as a manager. A manger’s responsibility is to groom his staff, and challenge them to grow professionally and personally,” Park said.

He said he would be a good advocate for the town by presenting the benefits of any town projects to the county long before the need was really there and by being a good listener.

“I’ve really learned to get out and pound the pavement, just to put that need out there. People are much more receptive when they are doing budgets when they understand our long-term goals,” he said.