By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
Sheila Rush says she has the best of both worlds.
When Rush decided to change jobs in 2007, she was looking for a job that did not involve a 40-minute or more commute and one that allowed her to be involved in her community.
She found what she was looking for when she accepted the park manager’s position at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Park in Monroe County.
“I had always been involved with my community and I doubted that I would find another job like the one I had just left that would allow me to be involved in my community,” she said. “This opened up and it gives me the best of both worlds.”
Rush is involved with the Tompkinsville-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Tompkinsville Main Street Committee and the mayor’s leadership group. She also, through her work as a state park manager, gives presentations to schools.
Tommy Willett, Monroe County’s judge-executive, recently praised Rush for her work at the state park.
“I think she has won awards for her achievements and her dedication to the park as far as putting together different programs for the public to participate in down there,” he said. “I have nothing to throw at her but accolades and appreciation for what she does for Old Mulkey State Park and the community as a whole.”
Being a state park manager is no easy task. It takes a lot of organization, planning, creativity and hard work.
Since becoming the manager at Old Mulkey, Rush, along with her co-worker, Charles White, have made several improvements, including controlling storm water run-off, landscaping the entrance to the park, creating an area for visitors to do photography in front of a large rock wall, treating the meetinghouse for termites and cleaning up the state park’s cemetery.
“A lot of visitors compliment the cemetery. I hope that even in the appearance of the park, we’ve made a difference,” she said.
Rush has also made an effort to offer a variety of programming throughout the year.
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