Missouri State Parks searching for Roaring River superintendent

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reid leaving Roaring River for position with Cassville R-4 School District

With Roaring River State Park Superintendent Dusty Reid leaving the parks for a position with the Cassville R-4 School District, the search is on for his replacement.

Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, said although Reid is leaving before opening day of trout season, the staff at Roaring River will not be in dire straits.

According to Steph Deidrick, Missouri State Parks district information officer, the Missouri State Parks staff is working to prepare the necessary documents to post listings for the position.

"Missouri State Parks is thankful for the good work Dusty Reid has contributed toward making sure Roaring River State Park is a premier trout fishing destination," Bryan said. "He is a great leader, but leaves behind a skilled staff who won't miss a beat in making sure the park is ready for visitors all season long. We hope to see a large crowd of visitors throughout the catch-and-keep season enjoying the fantastic trout fishing, award-winning trails and overnight accommodations available at Roaring River State Park."

The superintendent position, classified as a natural resource manager, is a full-time position hired through the Missouri Merit System. Candidates must be on the merit register to be considered for any position. More information about the job may be found at www.mostateparks.com under the job opportunities link.

During Reid's time at Roaring River, attendance at the park peaked in 2009 at 646,643 visitors. Attendance numbers have dipped since, falling as low as 529,592 in 2012.

"Changes in attendance can be attributed to a number of factors, including weather conditions and flooding in the area," Deidrick said.

During Reid's tenure, the park also saw a number of events garnering statewide attention.

In May of 2013, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joined veterans of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in dedicating a CCC statue dedicated to the men who worked at Roaring River during the Great Depression. The statue, a likeness of a typical CCC worker, was part of Missouri's celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Corps. During the years of the CCC, thousands of young men lived in camps at Roaring River and other Missouri state parks, constructing buildings and other structures, many of which are in still in use.

In April 2013, Reid saw Missouri residents choose Roaring River as their favorite trout fishing destination in the state per an online poll. Out of more than 150,000 votes cast, Roaring River received 73,344, or 46 percent, edging out Bennett Spring State Park for first place. Bennett Spring State Park received 44 percent of the vote. A lifelong trout fisherman, Gov. Nixon also signed a proclamation naming 2013 as Missouri's Year of the Trout, encouraging Missourians to take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy trout fishing in Missouri State Parks. Missouri State Parks commemorated the year with Troutapalooza, a series of events designed to engage experienced anglers and introduce new participants to the activity.

In 2009, Reid saw the dedication of the park store expansion. The new store was built by concessionaires Jim and Carmen Rogers in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Rogers couple operates the store, which will become the property of the Department at the end of their concession contract term. The 5,169-square-foot store, which replaced the one located in the Roaring River Lodge, more than doubled the size available for retail items. The expanded store provides a variety of merchandise, including fishing tackle and equipment, souvenir items, groceries and other convenience items for campers and visitors.

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