FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 060415
Stephen Scott Appointed Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine
Today, City Manager Patrick H. West announced the appointment of Stephen Scott as Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), while the City undertakes a nationwide search for a new PRM Director. George Chapjian, the current PRM Director, has announced his resignation from the City, effective June 26, 2015, to take a new position as Director of the Community Services Department for Santa Barbara County.
“Stephen has proven himself as a leader with the skills and vision to do this job,” said Mr. West. “I am confident that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will be in very capable hands and continue to provide excellent services throughout the community until a new Director is chosen.”
Mr. Scott is currently the Business Operations Bureau Manager for PRM. He previously was the Customer Services Manager in the Department of Technology and Innovation; Assistant to the City Manager; and Administrative Analyst in the City’s Budget Office.
Mr. Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a resident of Long Beach.
Mr. Chapjian was appointed Director of PRM in 2011. Under his leadership, PRM won the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation by the National Parks and Recreation Association in 2013.
“George has done a wonderful job leading the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and we all wish him tremendous success in his new position,” said Mr. West.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine operates 162 parks with 26 community centers; two major tennis centers; one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses; the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with 3,500 boat slips; and 6 miles of beaches. More than 3,000 acres within the City's 50 square miles are developed for recreation.