10478657_10153738253811091_3871364943625870766_nThe Butts County Commissioner’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Parrish to the position of Director for the Butts County Leisure Services Department. Ms. Parrish brings to Butts County considerable experience in the management of departments of similar size and scope, including 15 years as Director in Greene County, Georgia and 3 years experience as Director in Jackson County, Georgia. Prior to that, Ms. Parrish worked for 11 years with YMCA as both a Program Director and later, Senior Program Director. She additionally has 3 years of experience working in health and nutrition at the early childhood educational level.

Ms. Parrish holds a BS degree, majoring in Recreation with minors in Business and Sociology as well as the Georgia Certified Park and Recreational Professional. She is also a graduate of the George Harris Executive Management Institute, an affiliate program of the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association (GRPA) and the University of Georgia.

She was awarded the GRPA 6th District Distinguished Professional Award in 2002 and the Beacon of Light Award that same year. As Director in Greene County, her department was awarded the District 6 Agency of the Year award from GRPA. She also served as District Chairperson for six years from 2006-2012.

“I am very pleased to welcome someone of Linda Parrish’s caliber to Butts County to head our Leisure Services Department” said County Administrator Michael Brewer. “This department oversees our offerings in parks and recreational activities for our citizens ranging from small children to older adults. Organized sports programs, fitness classes, community events and much more take place in our park every day. Our Senior Citizens Center is also very active now with a range of programs available to our active older adults. All of this is due to the efforts of our dedicated staff and I feel that Linda Parrish will only enhance that and take us to the next level”.

She is scheduled to begin her new duties on July 6th. Until then, Interim Director Mitch Bowman will continue to oversee the day-to-day activities of the department. “I want to also say that I appreciate the job Mr. Bowman has done during this transition time” Brewer stated. “It certainly isn’t an easy job and really, it’s a balancing act to coordinate a department that deals with so many different programs, people and time schedules”.