ROXBURY, NJ – Wrapping up a 36-year career, Dave Stierli, the man in charge of Roxbury’s recreation department, is retiring in February and the township is actively seeking someone to take his place.

A Roxbury native, Stierli was hired by the township in 1979 as assistant program director for the recreation department. He said he got the job right after graduating from Florida State University with a master’s degree in leisure services.

Today was the deadline for applicants hoping to be hired to replace Stierli, whose last day will be Feb. 19. In announcing the position, the township said it is looking for a “proven leader in the parks and recreation field.”

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The township hopes to fill the position in March. The starting salary will be $82,000.

The ideal candidate was described as someone with “considerable experience of community recreation and administration” as well as “thorough knowledge of public administration and budget administration” and the ability to plan and supervise subordinates. A degree from a 4-year college or university “with major course work in recreation leisure services, public administration or (a) related field” along with five years “supervisory and park maintenance experience” was also part of the candidate requirements.

In announcing the position, the township pointed to its parks and recreation offerings, many of which were developed during Stierli’s tenure. It said Roxbury is “regionally recognized for its excellent parks and recreation programs,” noting the township has more than 13 parks, including the new softball complex in Landing and Horseshoe Lake Park, which, it noted, was ranked 13th best park in the nation by Coca-Cola Corporation.