Matt Coleman has been promoted to Tiffin Park and Recreation director, and he received "the blessing" of the park board during the board's meeting Thursday.
Coleman said he was notified last week by City Administrator Deb Reamer that he was hired for the job, "but the blessing came today," he said Thursday afternoon.
He replaces Steve Dryfuse, who was terminated for a cause that has not been made public.
Law Director Brent Howard said city hall is not commenting on the matter. He said Dryfuse was told orally by Reamer the reason for his dismissal when they met in person, but it wasn't put in writing.
Howard said the city does not plan to make the matter public, and he doesn't know when it might become public.
"It isn't in our control," he said. "I expect it will, but it really isn't in our control."
With the promotion of Coleman to director, the job of recreation director is open.
Howard and Coleman said the job is a bargaining unit position and has been posted to other city employees according to union regulations.
Also at Thursday's meeting, Coleman said the dog park still is scheduled for a grand opening in May, and an update is scheduled for Monday's Tiffin City Council meeting.
He said the Art & Music Festival is planning another event the third weekend in June, and committee members attended the meeting to discuss ways to use funds raised during the event, possibly for electrical upgrades in the parks.
Last year, funds were used to pay for the annual July 4 fireworks display, which is included in this year's budget.
Board members asked the committee to return after they know the amount of money raised to make plans for upgrades.
In his director's report, Coleman said intern Erica Huffman, a senior at Heidelberg University, plans to have new brochures and marketing materials ready soon for distribution. The materials include park maps, walking trail maps and other printed items.
He said upcoming programs include Junior Olympics March 24-26 at the School of Opportunity and the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition April 13 at Oakley Park.