NORMAN — The first round of interviews to fill the vacancy created by departing Westwood Park head golf professional David Lisle occurred Monday.
According to a source close to the golf course, five potential successors to Lisle had been identified to be interviewed, though one pulled his name out of consideration.
Also, The Transcript has learned the city intends to conduct a second round of interviews between Christmas and the end of the year.
Though the job falls under the discretion of the Norman Parks and Recreation department and the person who eventually fills the position will report to Jud Foster, the director of the department, and will not be officially hired until approved by Norman City Council, perhaps at its Jan. 14 meeting. The Trancript learned that Monday’s interviews were conducted by
Foster and a group of four others that had been enlisted into the hiring process.
Foster, when reached by The Transcript Monday evening, chose not to divulge the names of those being interviewed, nor the names of the men who joined him in conducting the interviews, but he was able to speak to the process in a general way.
“Our committee is in the process of conducting interviews to fill this position,” he said, “and that process we hope to be complete by the end of the year.”
If the council approves the hire on Jan. 14, Westwood might actually be without a head pro for no time at all.
When Lisle’s intention to leave the course after 27 years to go into private business, operating a GolfTEC franchise, was announced, it was also announced that his last day would be Jan. 14.
Though the names of each of Lisle’s would-be successors are not known, the simple fact that interviews were conducted to replace him Monday still sheds light on the process.
At no time since Lisle’s impending departure was announced has any city official chosen to announce how the golf course and pro shop would continue to be managed.
In addition to replacing Lisle with somebody who would have very much the same responsibilities, there were other options, such as bringing in a management company to run the city’s entire golf operation or having the pro shop operate as an enterprise owned by the city rather than the head pro.
However, everything known about the process appears to indicate that the course and pro shop will continue to be managed in a fashion very similar to the arrangement the city and Lisle operated within for more than a quarter century.
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