The department has been looking for a replacement director for most of the summer after current director Don Robertson announced his retirement.
Over the weekend it looked like they had found their man in current Medford Recreation Superintendent and Ashland City Councilor Rich Rosenthal.
But despite the fact that he had been the one to apply initially, he says he had to turn down the offer.
“I love being a city councilor, and I’m thinking about a year ago this would have been a no-brainer the other way,” said Rosenthal.
The department received 78 applications in total for the director position.
They say they are trying to fill the job as soon as possible, but can’t share any more details until a new director has been appointed.