Reed names Amy Phuong as interim parks commissioner

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named Amy Phuong as interim commissioner for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Phuong, who has served as the city’s chief service officer since 2010, will maintain that role while also leading the parks department on an interim basis, officials said. Phuong also oversees the Centers of Hope initiative, according to a press release.

Former parks Commissioner George Dusenbury announced his departure late last month from the post he held since 2010. Dusenbury’s last day was May 16. The mayor has not yet said how or when he’ll begin a search for a permanent replacement.

The announcement marks the latest in a series of staffing changes since Reed was re-elected last November.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport general manager Louis Miller and city COO Duriya Farooqui left in January. Miguel Southwell has since been named Hartsfield’s new manager, while Michael Geisler is now serving as the interim COO.

Invest Atlanta CEO Brian McGowan resigned in March to join the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

And Atlanta Workforce Development Agency head Deborah Lum resigned earlier this month after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the agency had squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars in shoddy training.

Reed has named Michael Sterling, his senior adviser, as an interim executive director.

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