Leisure services employee welcomed, employee personal policy amended at city council

CEDAR CITY — After 20 years serving for the city, Cedar City Leisure Services Parks and Outdoor Facilities Division Manager Wally Davis has stepped down from his post. His replacement was announced at the Cedar City Council meeting Wednesday night.

Davis retired from his position with Leisure Services in August, Leisure Services Director Dan Rodgerson said. His job had involved coordinating outdoor activities for the community.

Rodgerson introduced Austin Bingham as Davis’ replacement. Bingham fit the bill, Rodgerson said, as he had seasonal work experience with Leisure Services 13 years ago, and 17 more years both as a seasonal and full-time employee after he graduated from Southern Utah University.

The entire staff at Leisure Services was pleased to have Bingham apply, Rodgerson said. Bingham worked at Cedar Ridge Golf Course as a seasonal employee about 14 years ago, graduated SUU with a degree in accounting, worked 11 years full-time for Wasatch State Park Golf Course and also worked six years seasonal in the field as a superintendent for the Wasatch Golf Course.

Binghams’s wife transferred down to Cedar City about a year and a half ago, which meant many hours drive to work in Heber City for Austin Bingham before landing the job in Cedar City.

Bingham has three boys, a four-year generation family ranch in Cedar City on his wife’s side, he said, and is excited to be in Cedar City and work for the city.

“I’m glad to be here and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be in Cedar City with my wife’s family who are from here,” he said.

Personnel Policy

The City Council passed a resolution to amend the city’s personnel policy, which presents the protocol for wages and benefits available to city employees. City Attorney Paul Bittmenn said the amended portion, which reads, “proportionate to hours of work,” references how much benefits, including sick leave and vacation time, employees are allowed.

“If an employee works 40 hours, they get the full benefits,” Bittemann said. “If you get an employee who only works 30 during the pay period it’s not fair to the other employees who worked harder to get the same benefits as someone who works less.”

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