New opportunity for former stadium manager

Melissa Jenkins
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Vacant positions not yet filled in Harbour Grace

The woman who abruptly resigned as the arena manager in Harbour Grace this past winter after just weeks on the job has landed a similar position in Paradise.

Jennifer Janes of Carbonear will begin her new role as facility manager at the new two ice surface stadium in Paradise.

Jennifer Janes will be the facility manager for Paradise’s new stadium, which is expected to open this fall.

Conrad Freake, director of recreation and leisure services with the Town of Paradise confirmed Janes’ appointment in an email.

“The Town of Paradise has appointed Jennifer Janes to the position of facility manager to manage the day to day operations of the new double ice surface arena scheduled to open this September. Jennifer comes highly recommended having a diverse background in working in various management roles in all areas of recreation and at various government levels,” Freake wrote.

According to the job description, Janes will be responsible for a variety of things from marketing and maintenance to general operation.

Meanwhile, the search in Harbour Grace to replace Janes and former chief administrative officer (CAO) Ashley Janes is ongoing.

Both women left their jobs Jan. 23, citing job restrictions with the high-profile stadium manager position.

The town has been actively recruiting replacements since.

Although details have been scarce, The Compass has learned there were more applicants for the positions this time around compared with last year. The application deadline was March 18.

Mayor Terry Barnes said the hiring process is almost complete, but wouldn’t give too much detail.

He did, however, confirm interviews have taken place.

A public council meeting for April 23 was postponed until April 30. At that time, it is expected more details will be available on the appointment of a new facilities manager and CAO.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: Paradise

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  • taxpayer
    April 24, 2014 - 22:57

    Best of luck to Ms. Janes on her postition at the new Paradise facility. Speaking of new facilities, what's the story on the proposed new sports complex for Hr. Grace?. The town says it's ready to move ahead and has done everything it has to do to make this facility a reality. So why havn't tenders been called yet? Does the government intend to follow through on its committment to pay 80% of the construction costs? Or is this another empty promise to Hr. Grace like the superport in the 70s or the federal penitentiary in the 80s? Time for some answers!!!!!

  • Congrats!
    April 24, 2014 - 13:28

    Congratulations on the new employment Jennifer! Perhaps now everyone, including our local media, can let this young lady move on with her life and her career.