County officials say new director will ‘correct some issues’
Hardy Maloch has been named as the interim director for Pierce County Parks and Recreation.
County Manager Jason Rubenbauer announced last week that Maloch would be the interim director for the foreseeable future.
“Hardy and I are working closely together to correct some issues at the department,” he said. “He will serve as interim director for now.”
Rubenbauer said Maloch will be given the opportunity to correct some things at the department through the football and cheerleading season and possibly through the basketball season.
The manager says that Maloch will then help with the transition and the search for a new director.
Maloch has been employed as maintenance and facilities director at the department since February of this year.
A native of Waycross, Maloch has lived in Pierce County for over 40 years.
He was previously employed as plant manager for International Paper for over 15 years in Augusta and Jacksonville, FL. Maloch also worked locally at Gilman.
He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters and five grandchildren. The Malochs are active at Walkerville Baptist Church.
Rubenbauer said Maloch’s experience as a manager is what the county is looking for at the recreation department.
“I enjoy sports and I have been active with my grandchildren participating in the recreation program,” he said. “This will be a new experience for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Maloch said his focus will be to make the recreation department “all about the kids”.
“That’s what it is all about,” he said. “We want to have good programs and an attractive recreation park.”
Maloch replaces Patrick Arrington who resigned Sept. 20. Arrington had been placed on administrative leave in early Sept.
No reason was ever given for Arrington’s resignation.
In his resignation letter, Arrington cited “recent events” that caused a significant change in his “work environment and conditions of employment” as the reasons for his resignation.
County Chairman Neal Bennett said at the time Arrington was placed on leave that “some things are under review”. He did not elaborate on the reasons for the review.