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November 1, 2011 > County of Santa Clara Appoints New Parks and Recreation Director

County of Santa Clara Appoints New Parks and Recreation Director

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

The County of Santa Clara announced on October 25, the appointment of Robb Courtney to serve as the new Director of Parks and Recreation. Courtney, who has worked in the parks and recreation field for more than 20 years, including 18 years in management and supervisory roles, is currently the Parks Director for the City of Seattle.

Prior to accepting the Seattle position three years ago, Courtney served as Parks and Recreation Manager for the City of Gresham, Oregon. "Courtney's experience in park development, natural resource management, and program and services planning and delivery will be a tremendous asset to the County Parks and Recreation Department," said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.

Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. He also has held parks and recreation related positions with a number of organizations, including in California where he began his career as an Aquatics Director with the Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Coordinator for the Santa Clarita Parks and Recreation, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Foster City, and Community Services Administrator for the City of Glendale.

"I am very excited to be given this opportunity to work with Santa Clara County Parks," said Courtney. "It is an honor and a privilege to join the rest of the Parks and Recreation staff in stewarding one of the premiere regional park systems in California."

Courtney's appointment as Director of Parks and Recreation is effective November 7, 2011.

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