The City of East Ridge has hired Adam Wilson as its new Director of Parks and Recreation.
According to City Manager Scott Miller, Wilson will start in his new position on September 17 at an annual salary of $62,000.
Wilson was the top pick of a special committee formed by the city to select the ideal person for the important staff position. Officials said the committee reviewed 44 applications, narrowed the list to 12, then interviewed six finalists.
Miller said Wilson is very familiar with the 270-acre Camp Jordan Park and the East Ridge Community Center.
“Mr. Wilson possesses great credentials that will make him an asset to the City of East Ridge,” City Manager Miller wrote in an email to East Ridge News Online. “We are happy he is coming on board with the City.”
Wilson is currently the Athletics Director of Catoosa County Parks & Recreation where he has served since 2005. He manages a staff of 30 employees.
According to Wilson’s resume, he has a degree in Recreation from the University of West Georgia. He manages the planning, design, financing, construction and maintenance of park facilities. In his resume, Wilson stated that he assisted with the design, supervision and day-to-day scope of work for renovation projects such as Poplar Springs and Stephens Park sports field lighting and infield makeover, as well as the $1.75 million renovation of Jack Mattox Park.
In his current job, Wilson organizes and promotes softball tournaments and serves as tournament director for certain in-house tournaments. In addition, he has partnered with area companies to sponsor tournaments and special events that generate between $25,000 and $30,000 in income for Catoosa County.
He is a member of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. Wilson has the designation of Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRF).
Wilson will oversee the City of East Ridge Parks & Recreation Department that has two dozen employees and a yearly budget of $1.7 million.
Wilson is replacing Marvin “Stump” Martin, who passed away on May 10 at the age of 64. Martin was the city’s only Parks and Recreation Director, as he was hired in 2011 when the city took control of running sports leagues in Camp Jordan Park.