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City appoints Sandberg as parks director

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Longtime Deer Park Parks and Recreation supervisor Charlie Sandberg has been tabbed to lead the department as its newest director. Sandberg, who had previously filled the role as park and recreation’s interim director, succeeds Scott Swigert who left the city earlier this year to become assistant city manager in Mont Belvieu.

CharlieSandbergSANDBERGAt Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council meeting, Charlie Sandberg was unanimously approved as the city’s parks and recreation director. The recreation supervisor has served as the interim department director since the beginning of April when parks director Scott Swigert left the city to become the city manager of the city of Mont Belvieu.

Sandberg has been with the department for 24 years and according to City Manager Jay Stokes’ memo to council, “brings tremendous enthusiasm to his new position.”

“I’m so humbled and excited,” Sandberg said after council’s confirmation. “I can’t believe it. I’m elated.”

He thanked council, city administrators, the parks board and staff, telling them they hired the right person for the job.

Sandberg said he inherits a strong and evolving parks and recreation department.

“It’s moving fast. Residents are going to see a lot of new development in Deer Park. I would like to continue the projects, services and facilities from our past director,” he said. “I want to continue the quality of life and service that residents have come to expect from our department.”

Sandberg said citizens will see continued progress in some of the department’s larger projects including the Deer Park Nature Preserve and the Dow Park Pavilions.

As a longtime employee in the parks and recreation department, Sandberg said he understands the needs of the community regarding its parks, facilities and recreational programming.

“Citizens have more demands and I see us meeting those demands because we have a hard working staff who has the support of the mayor, city council and parks commission,” he said. “We’re moving in the right direction. We provide the best quality programs and facilities that we possibly can.”