It's been nearly ten days since the sudden announcement that two management positions were cut at Chehaw Park to try and decrease costs by 10%, and officials say they're still trying to delegate new responsibilities between remaining employees.
Executive Director Doug Porter says after cutting the Zoo Director position, he picked up most of those duties due to his background in zoo management. A marketing position was also cut, however the assistant was able to stay on board and has assumed many of the position's duties.
Porter says a lot of people have stepped up to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible while he looks for other ways to bring in new sources of revenue.
One of those included dragging another picnic tent from the docking area to the playground so it can be offered as a rentable area for families in the future. Porter is also touring Albany trying to gain more sponsors for upcoming events like the Festival of Lights to take some of the burden off of the park.
Despite the difficulties from cutting the two positions, Porter says attendees should not see a difference in costs or hours and the staff will continue to work hard to ensure the public is not negatively affected.
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