There's a new person in charge at the Springfield Park District, at least for the moment. Park District employees have received a memo stating that the district's director of recreation, Derik Harms, has been named Acting Executive Director of the park district.
Harms is handling things while the park board decides the fate of Executive Director Mike Stratton, who is on unpaid leave. Stratton is under scrutiny after receiving more than $2,000 in "salary advances" from the District. Stratton says that's an acceptable practice and that he did nothing wrong, but requested that he be placed on leave until the board completes its investigation.