MACEDONIA — Mayor Nick Molnar has appointed a new parks/recreation director, who will come to the city all the way from Fort Collins, Colo. Council confirmed the appointment at a special meeting held remotely June 25.
Jason Chadock has 16 years of managerial experience in recreation, including the last four as recreation manager for the city of Fort Collins, Colo., which has a population of about 170,000.
In Fort Collins, he oversaw operations at the community and fitness centers, managing an annual budget of $4.3 million with 10 full-time and more than 100 part-time employees. He is certified in American Heart Association first aid, CPR and AED.
"After an extensive search and interviews, and with input from the parks/rec committee, the administration has decided Jason is the best fit for us," said Molnar. "He will be an amazing addition to our team."
Chadock replaces Angela Manley, who resigned in April after serving as department director for 14 years. He will be paid $85,000 annually.
Having received a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s from Ohio University, Chadock said he "is excited to return to Ohio" and is looking forward to continuing in a parks/rec leadership role.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in 2003, Chadock worked for three years as an aquatics and fitness coordinator for the city of Greeley, Colo., then was a club director for a Broomfield, Colo. community center and a pool manager in Brighton, Colo. until 2009.
He was an athletics facility manager in Adams County, Colo. from 2009-13 and a leisure services manager in Carrollton, Texas from 2013-16.
"Recreation plays an important role in both my professional and personal life, thus it is critical to create the best environment in which recreation can be enjoyed by all," he wrote in his application letter to the city. "I am ambitious and ready to make a major difference in another community."
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