From the City of Lynchburg: City Manager Kimball Payne announced today that he has appointed a new Director of Parks and Recreation, Jennifer Jones. Jones currently serves as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Winchester, Virginia. She will assume her duties on June 3. The appointment was made following a nationwide search and recruitment process. There were more than 50 applicants for the position from all over the United States. Ms. Jones was selected from a group of finalists who were interviewed by a panel of stakeholders. Jones possesses over 24 years of experience in parks and recreation management. Before assuming the position of Parks and Recreation Director in Winchester, she served the City of Staunton, Virginia in several capacities including Interim Public Information Officer, Interim Assistant City Manager, and Superintendent of Recreation.
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“We are pleased to have Jennifer join the Lynchburg team,” said Payne. “She brings a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to the department and I believe that, coupled with her enthusiasm and talent, will ensure that Parks and Recreation continues to be successful. As part of the recruitment process, Jennifer met with Parks and Recreation staff who were uniformly impressed with her experience and personality.” Jones is a native of West Virginia and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of West Virginia and a Master’s of Recreation Resources Administration from North Carolina State University.
“I am truly honored to be joining the City of Lynchburg team. The dynamic energy and professionalism of the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation staff was overwhelming and contagious. The current Director, Kay Frazier will be a hard act to follow, nevertheless I can hardly wait to begin collaborating with the Lynchburg community and staff. The Parks and Recreation Department has a stellar reputation throughout the state, and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of helping to continue its legacy of excellence. ”
Jones replaces Kay Frazier who served as the department’s director for 16 years and announced her plans to retire earlier this year. Frazier led the department through the recent recession, restructuring and prioritizing to ensure that the Parks & Recreation facilities and programs continued to provide value to the community despite reduced resources. Among her many accomplishments is the recent completion of the renovation of the Miller Center.