A man well-known in the state’s parks and recreation arena agreed to temporarily take the reins in guiding the Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department until county leaders hire a full-time replacement for former director Mike Rollins.
Wayne Gay, who has served as parks and recreation director for a number of regional cities, began leading the department Monday, said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.
Rollins was fired recently after women reported him twice in one day for lewd and inappropriate conduct. Couch and Bulloch County Commissioners terminated Rollins due to violation of county policy regarding those incidents. Also, there were previous similar complaints, some of which resulted in verbal and written reprimands, and disciplinary action, according to records from the Bulloch County Human Resources department.
Couch said he, as well as several other Bulloch County Parks and Recreation employees and Bulloch County Commission Chairman Roy Thompson, are familiar with Gay as being a well-respected personality in the Georgia parks and recreation community. Thompson knew Gay when they both attended Georgia Southern College, Couch said.
With his knowledge and experience, Gay will “provide stability through the transition” and has agreed to help the county recruit a mew director, he said.
Gay is retired, and said he is not interested in a full-time position, but “I am glad I was available to do this.”
He lives in Dublin, where he has served as parks and recreation director. He has also held that role in Dothan, AL. and Carrolton, Ga.
“I hope to give stability to the staff and see which direction we need to go,” her said, adding that Rollins left behind a positive situation he hopes to see continue. “A great job was done” in leading the department, he said.
Couch said he and commissioner, with Gay’s help, are planning the new director search and expect to have the position filed by February. “We feel pretty confident we can make a credible selection by then.”
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