Butts County announces that longtime Leisure Services Director Jim Herbert has been appointed as Interim Director, effective June 1st, 2018. Herbert will step in for former Director Linda Parrish, whose last day was May 31st. Mr. Herbert previously headed the department, which was known as Parks and Recreation then, from 1998 until his retirement from Butts County in 2013. Over his fifteen year tenure as Director, he oversaw many changes and improvements to the facilities that have been utilized by untold thousands of Butts County’s youth since Daughtry Park was opened in the 1970’s. As Herbert took on more responsibilities and the scope of the department increased, the name was changed to the Leisure Services Department to more accurately reflect all of the areas they oversee, including parks, recreation, senior citizens center, historical properties and more.

Since his retirement, Mr. Herbert has remained actively involved in the community, including work with the Butts County Historical Society and, more recently, working on the Jackson Trails Committee to establish a connecting trail from Jackson to Dauset Trails Nature Center. In the past few months, he has also worked with a committee to have Butts County included as part of the Ocmulgee River Water Trail, an organization that promotes recreational use of the Ocmulgee River, which begins at the Lloyd Shoals Dam in Butts County and terminates at the Georgia coast.

Mr. Herbert will help the County lead a search process for a permanent Director, and plans are to begin the process almost immediately.

“We are pleased to have Jim Herbert step in and help us lead this vitally important department during this interim period” said County Administrator Steve Layson. “His experience and knowledge of our local leisure services program, as well as his rapport with the Butts County community will help to make this transition smooth and we are grateful that he was willing to take this on and bring all of that to the table”.