Brookhaven parks director retires

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Kinsey announced his retirement Wednesday. Kinsey was hired by the city manager more than a year ago.

During his time as director, the department was responsible for an an Easter Egg Hunt and a 5K in Blackburn Park, and more community-building events. Kinsey initiated many improvements, including new and better playgrounds, new benches and trash receptacles.

“Jerry has been a tremendous asset to the city of Brookhaven,” said City Manager Marie Garrett. “He identified critical needs for improvements in our parks - from tennis court resurfacing and a recreation program guide to constantly searching for ways to expand our parks programs with running clubs, youth soccer, kickball and more. Jerry has set the right course for our Parks & Recreation Department.”

His last day is Aug. 28.