CRANBERRY TWP — The township’s Parks and Recreation Department has a new director. The supervisors Thursday evening hired Pete Geis, who comes from Ross Township in Allegheny County after a long tenure as its recreation director. He will be paid an annual salary of $75,000, and is expected to begin his new job in March. “The process of recruiting for director had been lengthy and exhausting. We were committed to finding the right person,” said township manager Jerry Andree. He replaces former director Mike Diehl, who left in November 2011. Greg Smith, who was hired to serve as interim director, was in that post for the past year while the township searched for a new permanent director. Andree explained Geis was offered the position following an extensive evaluation process of five interviews, which included undertaking an assignment culminating in a presentation to a group of managers, along with the standard background and reference checks. “While at Ross Township, Pete accomplished significant enhancements and improvements to their community’s recreation program, earning professional recognition from the statewide recreation and park society,” said Andree. “Pete exhibits the level of professionalism, leadership and passion that we have been seeking to lead our community’s extensive parks and recreation program. “We are pleased that Pete has accepted the challenge to lead our park and recreation program.” Geis is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he earned his professional certification.