Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton will take over as parks and recreation director on an interim basis.

Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton will take over as parks and recreation director on an interim basis.

The city's community affairs director, Emma Speight, said Friday, Aug. 14, that Staton has appointed himself to lead the city's Parks and Recreation Department while a full-time director is sought.

Staton, Upper Arlington's city manager since July 2011, will take over for Todd Younkin, who announced recently that Aug. 14 would be his final day as the department's director.

Younkin was hired Feb. 23 after former parks director Tim Moloney left last December to become executive director of central Ohio's seven-county Metro Parks system.

Younkin confirmed Aug. 12 he was resigning for personal reasons and said it was a "family decision," but declined to elaborate.

Speight said last week the city likely would offer a base salary of $86,485 to $121,079 per year to the next director.

Younkin received an annual salary of $97,500.

Speight said Aug. 14 that parks and forestry director Steve Cothrel, who served as interim parks director following Moloney's departure, would continue to oversee his division, and that Recreation Superintendent Matthew Leber would now oversee the city's recreation, senior center, aquatics, tennis, LifeLong Learning and cultural arts programming.