LAYTON -- All those years spent on the baseball diamond as an umpire and a high school standout player are now paying big dividends for Layton resident Bruce Logan.
Logan, 56, currently the Layton youth sports coordinator, has been hired by Clinton city to serve as its recreation director. Logan replaces longtime director LeeAnn Powell, who took a job with Salt Lake County.
"We're excited about having him come in," Clinton City Manager Dennis Cluff said.
Logan, who will receive a starting salary of $60,694 a year, will begin working for Clinton effective July 22 in overseeing its recreation department with a budget of about $1 million, Cluff said.
Logan was selected from among 67 applicants who applied for the position, Cluff said.
The city selected Logan based on his 19 years of experience with the Layton recreation program, and because of his "hands-on" style in making sure things get done, Cluff said.
"Sports and recreation is my love," said Logan, who first started working in recreation programs as a 16-year-old baseball umpire.
Logan went on to play all three major varsity sports at Layton High: football, basketball and baseball. But it was in baseball that he excelled the most, he said, at one time playing for Utah Tech, which is now known as Utah Valley University in Orem.
Logan later graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education and recreation.
"I just thought it was a great opportunity for me," Logan said of making the jump from Layton to Clinton. "It was not an easy decision."
But knowing some of the Clinton recreation staff, having coordinated with them on several joint events, and the professionalism in which Cluff handled the hiring process, he said, convinced him to make the transition.
"(Logan) did an excellent job, or he wouldn't be getting this (Clinton) job," Layton Parks and Recreation Supervisor Dave Thomas said.
"They are going to get a real plus," Thomas said of Clinton city hiring Logan.