Roswell tabs California man as new parks and recreation director

There’s someone new in charge of fun, games, history and activities in Roswell.

The city in north Fulton County announced Wednesday that it has hired Jeff Leatherman as its newest director of recreation, parks, historic and cultural affairs. He will begin working for the city in July.

Leatherman comes to Roswell from Sacramento County, California, where he managed 62 parks, three community centers and more than 30 miles of trails. He is a graduate of California State University where he studied recreation administration and marketing.

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“I am looking forward to joining a dynamic team that provides award-winning parks, facilities and programs for the city of Roswell,” Leatherman said in a statement.

As the new director, Leatherman will oversee the operation and management of more than 900 acres of parkland in Roswell, as well as manage the city’s historic house museums, the Cultural Arts Center, trail system and several annual community events.

Gary Palmer, Roswell’s city administrator, said Leatherman is a “great leader” and has the “energy to take the department to the next level.”

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