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No. 2 in city parks rec. department to become interim director



A transition of leadership in what appears to be a time of transition in general for a La Crosse city department.

The city’s parks and rec. department has been the subject of a months long audit — the results of which, among other things, show inconsistencies and a lack of transparency when it comes to funding projects.

Prior to the audit’s release this month, city parks and rec. director Steve Carlyon announced that he would retire from the job at the end of the year.

Now an interim director has been named — current superintendent of recreation and park facilities Jay Odegaard, who has worked for the city since 1997.

Odegaard will take over the job upon Carlyon’s retirement, until a new director has been found.

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