Douglas Guns, 44, has worked for the City of Fort Scott for over three years and was promoted to Fort Scott Parks Director in June 2021.
“The scope of my duties is to oversee the maintenance and operations of Woodland Hills Golf Course, Laroche Baseball Complex, Gunn Park, Buck Run (includes all little league ball fields in town), Lake Fort Scott, Rock Creek Lake, and The Aquatic Center,” Guns said.
Fort Scott is the third municipality that he has worked for, doing both parks and golf course oversight, he said.
He has worked in the golf industry for over 20 years, Guns said.
“I worked a small golf course as a seasonal employee for the summer in between semesters in college,’ he said. “I learned all aspects of golf operations and changed majors that fall to plant and soil science to pursue a career in the golf industry.”
Guns received his education in plant and soil sciences at West Virginia University Parkersburg, and Penn State University.
His hometown is Elkton, Maryland and he is married with five kids.
In his spare time, he likes to play golf and spend time with his family.
The best part of the job for Guns is being outside and working with the public, he said.
“Providing the public with a great experience for their recreational endeavors that they are happy with, can be rewarding,” Guns said.
That is also the challenge of the job, he said.