LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) — Brad Chambers, who has extensive experience in parks management and has worked as a consultant to parks around the country, has been named director of the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation.
“Our parks are very popular, but there’s lots of room to improve and build upon what we have,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Brad’s experience and expertise in growing public-private partnerships around parks projects is going to help us take our parks operation to the next level.”
General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed, who supervises the Division of Parks and Recreation, said there were more than 100 applicants for the position.
“Brad’s broad experience and national reputation in the recreation field made him an excellent choice to move our system forward,” Reed said.
In addition to his consulting work, Chambers, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, has directed parks operations in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.
“I can’t wait to get started. I’m honored that Mayor Gray and Commissioner Reed have the confidence in my experience to have chosen me. Lexington has had a great system for a long time and I want to do everything possible to take us to the next level,” Chambers said.
Chambers holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
Lexington’s award-winning, nationally accredited parks attract more than 300,000 visitors each year and offer programming for all ages.
Chambers succeeds Jerry Hancock, who retired last November.