WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The city of Williams will award Scott Little, PGA (Professional Golf Association) a five-year management contract for Elephant Rocks Golf Course.
The Williams City Council unanimously approved awarding the contract to Little at the Feb. 28 regular meeting. Mayor John Moore and Councilman Bernie Hiemenz were absent.
The nine-member Golf Selection Committee, made up of council members, city staff and golfers from the men's and women's clubs, recommended Little for the position.
Little currently works as the general manager and head golf professional of Shalimar Country Club in Tempe, Ariz. As of press time, the city and Little had not decided on a start date. However, City Manager Brandon Buchanan said they are aiming for March 26.
Buchanan said the city received six applications for the position and five applicants went through with the interview process. Applicants also participated in a social, which took place Feb. 25, and included golfers from the men's and women's clubs and staff from the city and the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
"It was an opportunity to see how (the applicants) interact in social situations, which is a big part of what that job is," Buchanan said after the meeting.
Councilman Frank McNelly asked Human Resources Director Susan Kerley about Little's references.
Little listed five references, and Kerley said she heard from four of them. The references were all very positive, Kerley said.
"I think the consensus was that he's one of the nicest guys in the world," Kerley said. "They don't know any type of personality that he doesn't work well with because that's one of his strongest skills is adapting to different personalities and working with people on whatever level they're on."
The council also unanimously approved a revised golf course management contract.
Some of the changes include clarifying that the golf course manager works with the city manager as a representative of the city and specifying the hospitality cart should operate during operating hours rather than only on weekends.
In other council news, council members unanimously approved the purchase of carbon for the water treatment plant.
Interim Water Superintendent Bill Pruett said the last time the city installed carbon on its filters was about 18 months ago.
"It lasts around a year before it loses its effectiveness," he said. "We do need to buy it. It's for taste and odor and also to help reduce any chlorine byproducts that goes through our system."
The $17,450 expense was not in the budget for this year.
"We will adjust our budget accordingly this year until July to try to compensate for it and be real frugal about it," Pruett said. "We will put it in our budget every year from now on."