For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613
Sarasota, FL: Jerry Fogle, who currently serves as the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex Manager, has been promoted to Parks and Recreation Director. Fogle will oversee operations, maintenance and programming at the City’s 49 parks plus recreational facilities.
Jerry Fogle is the new Parks and Recreation Director.
“Jerry Fogle has an impressive background in recreation and we’re pleased he’s embracing this opportunity to take on more responsibility and shape the future of our community’s parks system and recreational activities,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “A significant part of the success of the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex is Jerry’s vision, compassion, and leadership with both operations and programming. With his extensive work experience and higher education degrees, Jerry has the knowledge and skills to create the outstanding parks and rec department our special city needs and deserves. There were several standout finalists for this position, and we’re happy to be able to promote from within the organization.”
Mr. Fogle, who is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and an Aquatic Facility Operator, has been the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex manager since the facility opened in 2011. Prior to joining the City of Sarasota, he was a parks and recreation manager in Davenport, Iowa; Kissimmee, Florida; and Tampa, responsible for the maintenance of park grounds and facilities, and recreational programming including youth and adult sports leagues and tournaments.
“I’m very grateful and humbled by this amazing opportunity to work closely with our residents to improve our parks and recreational services throughout our vibrant city,” said Mr. Fogle.
Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Mr. Fogle was personally impacted by the community’s parks and recreation staff and activities. He tells how at the age of ten he was at a crossroads in his young life and the kindness of a parks and rec employee helped steer him away from trouble – and, ultimately, toward a career to have a positive influence on many others in the same field.
“A parks and rec attendant made all the difference in Jerry’s life,” said Mr. Barwin. “So, he has a terrific perspective to make a positive difference in many lives in Sarasota. He believes in the mission with a passion.”
As Mr. Fogle transitions into his new role and responsibilities, his office will continue to be based at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.
In the 1980s, during challenging economic times, the City of Sarasota’s Parks and Recreation Department was eliminated. Since then, the number of parks and recreational facilities and program requests has blossomed prompting the need for a centralized department to focus on operations, maintenance, programming and long range reliable funding at these many and varied amenities our residents value so deeply.
For more information, contact Jerry Fogle at 941-954-4182 or Tom Barwin at 941-954-4102.
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