615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
The Department of Recreation and Parks' mission is to enrich the lives of the residents of Santa Maria through quality recreation programs and services; and to provide safe and well-maintained facilities and parks, while anticipating the changing needs of the community. The department operates 234 acres of developed parkland in 27 neighborhood and community parks, part of the 1,774-acre Los Flores Ranch Park property, the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, the Hagerman Softball Complex, Paul Nelson Aquatics Center, Elwin Mussell Senior Center, Veterans' Memorial Center and other community centers. The department provides programs in aquatics, youth and adult sports, therapeutics and senior services, Special Olympics, community classes and events, youth and teen programs, and Families For the First Decade programs. It also runs the City's Urban Forest Program.
Clean and Clear Parks Form
Leisure Needs Survey 2013 (English and en Español)
Director of Recreation & Parks
City Phone: (805) 925.0951 x260
City Fax: (805) 925.4508
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
- Social Services, San Jose State University
- Social Work, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- Public Administration, La Salle University
- Director of Recreation and Parks, City of Santa Maria
- Interim Recreation Superintendent, City of Santa Maria
- Recreation Supervisor, City of Santa Maria
- Facility Manager, City of Santa Maria
- Social Worker I, County of Santa Barbara
- Recreation Specialist, City of Santa Maria
- Recreation Specialist, Hayward Area District
- Teen Counselor, City of San Jose
- Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria
- United Way of the Central Coast
- Santa Maria Affiliate Santa Barbara Foundation
- Advisory Committee, Special Olympics Southern California
- North County American Red Cross Disaster Services
- American Red Cross
- Marital status: Married
- Children: Three
- General interests: Travel and photography
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for the daily operations and management of the Recreation and Parks Department. Provide staff support to the City Manager's Office, City Council and Recreation and Parks Commission. Supervise a staff of 30 full-time and 32 permanent part-time, assigned to 5 major divisions: Parks, Landscape Districts, Urban Forest, Recreation, and Administration. Services are provided in the following areas: city parks (225+ acres), part of Los Flores Ranch Park, publicly managed trees (30,000+), street medians, storm basins and rights-of-way (45+ acres), Santa Maria Town Center landscaping and parking structures, 7 major recreation facilities offering specialty recreation classes and programs and support to community based recreation programs i.e., youth basketball, youth soccer, etc.
To enrich the lives of the residents of Santa Maria and surrounding areas through the provision of quality recreation and park facilities, programs and services, while being intuitive and responsive to the leisure needs of our customers.
- Provide an organizational atmosphere that fosters partnerships with local school districts; non-profit agencies, service groups and special interest organizations.
- Develop recommendations for City Council’s consideration in re-defining the role and structure of the All-America City committee to better serve the diverse needs of the community.
- Strive to maintain the highest levels of service to the public, while maintaining strong fiscal control over expenses, by utilizing a prioritization service delivery system to efficiently and effectively maintain parks and community buildings operated by the department.
- Examine the current operations and structure of the Recreation and Parks Department with a goal of making the necessary changes to maintain quality mission critical programs and services to the community with limited resources.
- Increase sponsorship opportunities for business and civic organizations by developing sponsorship “packages,” replacing the current system of seeking individual event sponsors.
- Maintain the contractual agreement with the High School District for the operation and maintenance of the High School District’s three swimming pools. Two of these pools (Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley High Schools) will provide public access during non-school hours for community recreation programs.
- Conduct an extensive update to the Community Leisure Assessment and Action Plan; to provide the department with stakeholder input to the programs and services provided.
- Continue working with non-profit organizations, schools, health care providers, businesses, and funding partners throughout the Santa Maria Valley, in an effort to maintain quality recreational opportunities to all City residents.
- Expand marketing efforts and fund-raising opportunities in the community through the People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. known as PLAY.
- Through expanded marketing and programming efforts attract new customers from diverse backgrounds to Recreation and Parks Department programs and services.