Aiken County is searching for a new Recreation Department director now that Brad Barnes is no longer in that position, said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian.


Assistant Recreation Department Director Emory Langston is also no longer employed with the department, but may be transferred to a different department in the future, Killian said.


Killian categorized Barnes' situation as a “personnel matter,” but offered no further comment on the subject.


He also said the assistant director's position will no longer be funded based on recommendations from the master plan for recreation being devised by Clemson University's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.


Consequently, Aiken County is discussing options with Langston about transferring to another department, Killian said.


The master plan, introduced in 2012, offers recommendations to enhance and upgrade the County's rec department and facilities over the next decade.


With the staff changes, Vincent DiPietro, the supervisor at Boyd Park Pond, will take over the department in the interim.


• Michael Ulmer covers the county government beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since March 2013. He is a native of North Augusta and majored in political science at the University of South Carolina.