Cyr has served as Dover's chief librarian since September 2008
The city’s Parks and Recreation division has a temporary -- and perhaps permanent -- new director.
City Director of Libraries Margery Cyr took up her new responsibilities Oct. 4.
Acting City Manager Donna S. Mitchell made the appointment on a six-month trial basis, adding in the meantime Cyr will continue to serve as the city’s chief librarian.
The change did not require approval by city council.
“Parks and recreation and the library serve the same population,” Mitchell said “Margery knows all the programs and they’re very similar.”
The responsibility of running the parks and recreation department was folded into the Division of Planning and Community services after former director Zach Carter retired in 2012. Carter had served the city more than 23 years.
Cyr will be responsible not only for the city’s recreation programs, but for its 24 parks, which cover about 350 acres. They range in size from the 0.7-acre Constitution Park near The Green to the 182-acre Silver Lake Recreation Area. Most are open areas of field or grass with playground equipment.
One of the busiest is Schutte Park, home to the city’s ball fields and the John W. Pitts Recreation Center.
The division was created in September 1975 and employs five full time and 14 part-time personnel; it is budgeted at $1.03 million.
Mitchell said she asked Cyr to take the job as a way of giving Dave Hugg, the city’s acting director of Planning and Community Development, more time to focus on other issues. He took over after Ann Marie Townshend left March 31.
“We’ve had a lot of building code enforcement issues that have been coming out since I’ve been here, things that haven’t been addressed,” Mitchell said.
Hugg’s office is responsible for responsible for building permits, code enforcement, inspections, city planning, the fire marshal and community development.
Mitchell asked Cyr to handle the recreation and parks program on a six-month trial basis.
Cyr will receive a temporary five percent pay increase as compensation, Mitchell said. If the pilot program works out, she plans to continue having Cyr do double duty. If not, she will ask city council to add a new personnel slot to next year’s city budget.
Cyr, who has been with the city since September 2008, said, “The plan is that we’ll work together to see if the combination works out or not.
“The library and parks and recreation both are about quality of life services,” Cyr said. “That’s what makes it seem to be a nice alignment. It gives us the opportunity to cooperate and work more closely to benefit the lives of all the people we serve.”
Cyr is looking forward to the job.
“I’ve been a librarian for more than 30 years, and I’ve loved it,” she said. “But this is an opportunity for something new, and I like a challenge.”