Shep­herd now heads recre­ation and parks

De­part­ment’s fourth di­rec­tor was re­tired for six years

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JA­SON BAB­COCK jbab­cock@somd­

Arthur Shep­herd was named as the new di­rec­tor of the St. Mary’s County De­part­ment of Recre­ation and Parks on Tues­day by the county com­mis­sion­ers.

Shep­herd had been serv­ing as the de­part­ment’s act­ing di­rec­tor since Brian Loewe re­signed abruptly in April for pub­licly undis­closed rea­sons.

Shep­herd, 61, said of the pro­mo­tion on Tues­day, “I’m ex­cited about the po­ten­tial and the growth of the de­part- ment that the ci­ti­zens and the county can be proud of.”

Com­mis­sioner Mike He­witt (R) said dur­ing the vote to give Shep­herd the job, “good man. Glad you’re here. Thanks for com­ing back. It’s a good move for us.”

Shep­herd had been re­tired from the recre­ation and parks de­part­ment for six years be­fore re­turn­ing.

He pre­vi­ously served as the in­terim man­ager of the Wi­comico Shores Golf Course in 2016, the recre­ation di­vi­sion man­ager from 1994 to 2011 and recre­ation pro­gram co- or­di­na­tor from 1978 to 1994.

Shep­herd also ran for county com­mis­sioner in 2010, but did not win.

Work­ing at recre­ation and parks, Shep­herd was in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment in sev­eral pro­grams, in­clud­ing Sum­mer­stock mu­si­cals, the county’s Easter egg fes­ti­val and Disability Aware­ness Day. He also over­saw the con­ver­sion of the for­mer Carver and Hol­ly­wood el­e­men­tary schools and Leonard Hall Drill Hall into public recre­ation cen­ters.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful Arthur has ac­cepted our of­fer to lead recre­ation and parks,” Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Randy Guy (R) said in a state­ment on Tues­day. “He has proven to be a tremen­dous as­set and calm­ing in­flu­ence as in­terim di­rec­tor. The com­mis­sion­ers are con­fi­dent he will con­tinue to fur­ther de­velop and grow our recre­ational pro­grams for the ci­ti­zens of St. Mary’s County,” Guy said.

Shep­herd’s an­nual salary is $117,000, the same amount Loewe was mak- ing at the time of his de­par­ture.

Shep­herd is the fourth di­rec­tor of the St. Mary’s County De­part­ment of Recre­ation and Parks, fol­low­ing Loewe, Phil Rollins and John Baggett, who started as the first di­rec­tor in 1969.


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