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The announced retirement early next year of the superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation department sparked conversations at back-to-back meetings on Monday about the possibility of merging the county and city park boards and realigning the department.
Parks and rec superintendent Steve Krull announced Monday to both boards that he plans to retire in early January after 42 years with the park department. His pending retirement did not come as a surprise to some board members, who used the occasion to call for the two boards to become one and to suggest that Krull not be replaced after he leaves his position.
County park board member Larry Butler said he believed the city-county park system "would be more powerful if we all work together. The board would be stronger and everyone would know what's going on. It's my hope that there would be one board, with the ultimate goal being not to replace Mr. Krull."
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