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Media Advisory
News Date: September 09, 2021

City of Columbus Opens Search for Permanent Recreation and Parks Director

The City of Columbus and the Recreation and Parks Commission is accepting applications for a permanent director of the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks. Paul Rakosky has been serving as interim director since 2019. 

“I am deeply grateful to Paul and to all of the employees in Recreation and Parks for consistently going above and beyond in serving our residents – especially our youth – in such tumultuous times,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Now is the time to press forward and set a clear direction for the Department.”

Commission President Derrick Clay echoed Mayor Ginther’s praise of Rakosky. “Paul has had a steady hand at keeping the Department operating under extremely difficult circumstances. I commend him for his service to the community.”

The City will be accepting applications through September 24, 2021. A search committee consisting of members of the Commission, the Mayor’s Office and Human Resources will review applications and conduct interviews. The City and Commission hopes to fill the position by the end of the year.