The employment status of Aaron Jenson, Waupaca’s parks and recreation director, has been moved from probationary to regular full time.
The council approved the move last month.
When Jenson was appointed the city’s new parks and recreation director on April 16, his probationary period was set at nine months.
City Administrator Henry Veleker recommended Jenson be moved from probationary status two months earlier, saying Jenson has “exceeded expectations.”
“I come to this conclusion after speaking with a number of individuals both inside and outside the city organization that have had contact and have worked with Aaron, as well as my own observations over the past months.
“I recommend Aaron for regular employee status without hestitation. Aaron displays a high level of initiative. Aaron has a strong work ethic and he works well with others.
“He is approachable and open to ideas and suggestions. He is always looking to improve himself. His personal character, natural leadership qualities and energy reflect very well upon himself and our organization.
“Aaron is winning back the respect and trust of his department and the City after the horrible experiences we faced iin the Parks and Recreation Department about four years ago,” Veleker wrote in a memo to the council.
Jenson, a native of Waupaca, graduated from Waupaca High School in 2007 and from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management.
Following his graduation from UW-La Crosse, he was hired to be Waupaca’s recreation program supervisor.
He also worked five summers in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Jenson may now prepare to fill the vacant recreation program supervisor position in his department.
He hopes to have the position filled early next year.