OTTAWA — Aaron Baumgartner hopes to strengthen community connections and promote programming as Putnam County YMCA’s new CEO effective May 13.
Baumgartner has served as Pathways Counseling Center’s executive director since 2013 and been with the counseling center since December 2000. He said he looks forward to his new role as the YMCA’s CEO.
“I think it’s a great opportunity, and I look forward to working with the kids and adults. The Y is very much like a community hub and is the community center for Ottawa,’” Baumgartner said.
He said the Y strengthens people physically and strengthens connections in the community that he finds exciting.
He said a lot of his responsibilities will be to plan six community events centering on open houses at the facility.
Tom Liebrecht has served as the YMCA’s interim CEO for the past five weeks and said Baumgartner will be responsible for the Y’s fundraising efforts, operations, managing staff and developing new programs.
“When we were searching for a CEO for the Putnam County YMCA, it was very important that we find someone within the Putnam County community and with the skill set and abilities to run the organization,” Liebrecht said.
He said Baumgartner lives in Putnam County and has great experience serving at Pathways.
John Recker, YMCA board president, made the announcement during Monday’s Ottawa Village Council meeting that Baumgartner will serve as the new YMCA CEO.
Recker informed the council a Dive Into Summer Community Open House will be 1 to 5 p.m. June 8 at the Y. There will be facility tours, open swim, basic water lifesaving class for children, open gym, open fitness room and child watch. There will be six community nights that will be scheduled throughout the year as well as teen nights.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a request from Ottawa resident David Hughes to waive penalties for an unpaid water and sewage bill as the city did not turn off the water valve as the resident requested.
• Denied a request from Ottawa resident Beverly Leis who wanted a waiver of penalties on her water and sewage bill.
• Approved Nicholas Maag and Matthew Schulte to serve on the Ottawa Fire Department contingent on successful completion of their probationary period.
• Approved Bret Kelley and Austin Radcliff to serve on the Ottawa Fire Department contingent on high school graduation and successful completion of the probationary period.
• Approved a resolution for a Ford 4-by-4 truck to be purchased from Integrity Ford for $29,200.
• Approved a resolution for a Ford 4-by-2 truck to be purchased for $26,500 from Integrity Ford.
• Approved a resolution from Tooman Roofing & Painting LLC for a $3,495 contact for repairs to the grandstand roof at Memorial Field.
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