Shepherd now heads recreation and parks
Department’s fourth director was retired for six years
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.