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Jim Weyermann selected to run the Madras Aquatic Center District from competitive pool of applicants

HOLLY GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The local community was invited to meet with the four finalists for the position of executive director of the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District Friday, Sept. 28, at the COCC Madras campus. The finalists, from let to right, included Travis Barbee, of White, Georgia, Jim Weyermann, of Sunnyvale, California, Dave Slaght, of Culver, and Brad Johnston, of Redmond.
Just four days after the finalist interviews, Jim Weyermann, formerly of San Jose, California, is on the job as the new executive director of the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors.

Weyermann was one of four finalists who were in Madras for a meet and greet on Friday, before their interviews with the MACRD Board of Directors.

"This was a very competitive pool of applicants from the beginning and we feel very fortunate to have had so many excellent candidates to choose from both locally and afar and are excited for Jim to get started," said Jinnell Lewis, chairman of the board.

Lewis said that Weyermann was selected on Friday, passed background checks on Monday, and signed an employment agreement on Tuesday, following the board's 12:30 p.m. meeting to officially vote on their selection.

Contacted after the meeting, Weyermann, whose last full-time work was as the vice president of franchise development for the Golden State Warriors, from January 2011-16, was already back in Madras meeting with staff.

After the board selected Weyermann, he said, "I drove 10 hours to San Jose, packed my Jeep and drove back. I've already had a series of meetings at the aquatic center."

Weyermann had both professional and personal reasons for applying for the local position. "On the professional side, I have a lot of deep experience on the recreational side, in professional and youth sports, government, and building and funding facilities," he said. "I think this is a perfect fit from the professional side."

"On the personal side, I wanted a major lifestyle change from the last 15 years in California," said Weyermann, who hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, "before it was a big city; that's where I get my small-town roots."

While the Jefferson County community is small, he said, "This is a young recreational district that requires development of a master plan that the community participates in and can endorse," he said. "And in the short term, I think we have to keep our kids active; opportunities for kids to participate in recreational activities help to provide a healthy lifestyle for our children. The size of the city doesn't matter."

Weyermann was impressed by the MAC and its beautiful setting. "The aquatic center by itself, as a stand-alone facility, is fantastic," he said. "It's a fabulous first building."

The divorced father of a 13-year-old son was impressed with his reception. "Everybody is pitching in to help," he said. "It's everything that I imagined."

Most recently, Weyermann has helped raise capital for 3Ball USA, and volunteered in social service organizations and youth sports.

In those types of public roles, he felt that communities were depersonalized. "What I missed the most is what I found yesterday, people friendly, welcoming and willing to help," he said.

A 1979 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Washington, with bachelor degree in broadcast journalism, with a minor in business administration, Weyermann spent 13 years in government, 12 years with the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants, and 43 years involved in youth sports — coaching a variety sports, and serving as board member on for youth organizations.

Interim Director Gary Barth said that the district initially had about 45 candidates, but only 18 completed the application process. "That was screened to 11 for phone interviews, resulting in the five finalists, Weyermann; David Slaght, of Culver; Brad Johnston, of Redmond; Travis Barbee, of White, Georgia; and a fifth candidate from Boise, Idaho, who withdrew.

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