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History museum looks ahead

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Tri-Cities Historical Museum Treasurer Bob Monetza said the board has been “actively working” to fill the position after the board determined it was in the best interests of the museum to part ways with Kenneth Pott.

Pott, the previous director, was placed on administrative leave in April and subsequently let go by the board.

According to the job posting for the position, the museum is seeking a full-time, experienced museum professional who will have a minimum of five years related work and supervisory experience, and a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is preferred and knowledge of historic Ottawa County is a plus.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum Board of Directors Chairwoman Nancy Solon said the board has been working diligently to find a replacement for Pott.

“We have narrowed (our) choices to five,” Solon said. “We hope to do first interviews this next week and narrow (it down) to two or three.”

Following this round of interviews, Solon said that the museum board would then have face-to-face interviews with the remaining candidates.

In the meantime, Tri-Cities Historical Museum Curator of Exhibits Steven Radtke continues to serve as the interim museum director.

Pott came to Grand Haven after serving as the director of the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph.

He replaced Dennis Swartout, who retired after serving as the Tri-Cities museum director for 11 years.

Pott's departure followed a two-year tenure that was filled with criticism from people in the community. Some of the complaints levied against him from community members, including Swartout, included poor management skills, the lack of interest or skills in organizing the Feast of the Strawberry Moon, and not keeping the museum’s facilities in tip-top condition.

Board members declined to reveal the names of the finalists. Once the museum choses a new director, Solon noted that she would let the public know about it.

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