Lexington hires longtime parks consultant to lead Parks and Recreation

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

On Tuesday April 29, 2014 Mayor Jim Gray named Brad Chambers, who has extensive experience in parks management and has worked as a consultant to parks around the country, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. Photo Provided by LFCUCG

Mayor Jim Gray has tapped a longtime parks consultant to head Lexington's Parks and Recreation Division.

Brad Chambers, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy reserves, has directed parks operations in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee. He also has worked as a consultant.

Chambers replaces Jerry Hancock, who retired in November.

Chambers' salary will be $103,324. A start date has not yet been set but will probably be in May, city officials said.

More than 100 people applied for the position, said Geoff Reed, commissioner of general services. Reed oversees the parks and recreation director.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Chambers holds a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.

"I can't wait to get started," Chambers said. "I'm honored that Mayor Gray and Commissioner Reed have the confidence in my experience to have chosen me. Lexington has had a great system for a long time and I want to do everything possible to take us to the next level."

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall.

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