Jefferson recreation director Ben Dillard has resigned to take a similar position in Carrollton.
His last day on the job will be July 30.
“I have not made this decision without much anguish and soul searching, but I hope you will support me for being able to better provide for my wife and five children,” Dillard wrote in a letter posted on the city website. “I feel like we are family here in Jefferson and love this city and people very much. I have nothing but pride and great things to say and think about Jefferson. I have worked many long hours in an effort to repay this city for blessing me with the opportunity to serve you.”
Dillard was hired as the city recreation director three years ago.
“Together, we have accomplished some great things for the community,” Dillard said. “I have taken a personal investment in everything we have done and want to thank the citizens of Jefferson for their support and kindness in building the greatest recreation department in the state. When I was hired three years ago, I was told by some that we would be shut down in six months. Today, Jefferson recreation now offers programs and services on par with any agency in the state.”
The department started several new programs and had several state championship teams under Dillard’s leadership. But it also had controversy.
Dillard started a city radio venture that failed and cost the town over $140,000.
The recreation department has also continued to be over budget and has grown to be the second largest city department with a budget of over $1 million.
Carrolton is lucky top get an individual who was able to lose a vast amount of money in a very short period of time. The city council of Jefferson told him not to "beat himself up over it" (the wasted money) so I am surprised they let him get a away.