Jackson County Leader Steps Down

Jackson County leader, Jeff Carpenter, long time Director of the Parks & Recreation Department has announced that he will be stepping down from his position, announcing that he will be retiring on October 1st. Mr. Carpenter had the following to say about his time serving the department; “It’s been tremendous. It’s been a great experience being able to work with a lot of great people. It far exceeds what I can really describe. I started working here part-time when I was about 17 or 18. I went to college and came back and I’ve been working full-time first as the youth athletics coordinator and then as the director for I don’t know how many years now, but it’s been a great experience.” When asked what he thought was the biggest accomplishment during the years working as the director of the department, he was quoted as saying; “I think one of the biggest things we were able to achieve was being able to provide indoor facilities and also create a bigger park, we have had a lot of improvements in the last 10 to 15 years, particularly in the last 10 years. I think that being able to provide the community with indoor facilities and a focus on fitness and well-being. Probably the MOST rewarding thing that I’ve been able to be a part of is working with the children, the children of our community are our greatest resource, we’ve done a lot programs with kids and it’s been really rewarding. I have a lot of people who work for me now that were in our programs when I first started and it’s nice to see them want to come back and be involved in recreation in the community.” After his retirement Mr. Carpenter would like to see a focus on the River Department and the Greenway. He also mentioned one of the departments biggest goals it has yet to accomplish is to build a park in the Whittier area. “I’m going to miss the kids the most, and the staff. We have such a great staff…I will miss working with the people of Jackson County, I will miss that a lot. In Fact, way more than you would imagine.”