New Director of Public Lands hired by City of McPherson

By Nick Gosnell
August 18, 2014

The City of McPherson hired a new Director of Public Lands and Facilities at its meeting Monday morning. The City is extending a job offer to Ralph Wayne Burns, a Bethany College grad who has worked previously in Abilene and the Kansas City, Kansas area, but is currently employed in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Burns will oversee the Park, Cemetery and Golf Course Departments. Burns will start at the 18 month step for his new position, which is salaried, but was expressed in the pay memorandum at $33.16 an hour based on a 40 hour workweek.

McPherson City Administrator Nick Gregory said of Burns, "I think he's going to be a strong fit for this community. He comes with experience in unifying a number of different departments and bringing them together."

This is the first time that Cemetery, Park and Golf Course operations will have one department head.