Mill Creek MetroParks Director

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Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson

Mill Creek MetroParks Director

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners has chosen Clarke Johnson as the new executive director. The MetroParks system has been without a permanent director since 2009 when former director David Imbrogno resigned. Johnson officially will be appointed by the board at Monday’s 4 p.m. meeting at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Employment History

Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry: 1979 to 1982, City of Joplin Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Joplin, Mo.

Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry: 1982 to 1997, City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Manager: 1997 to 2000, Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee, Wis.

Director: 2000 to 2002, Racine County Youth Sports, Racine, Wis.

Superintendent: 2002 to 2008, Lakeshore State Park, part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Milwaukee, Wis.

Superintendent: July 2008 to February 2010, City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department, Portage, Ind. Johnson said he was employed by the park system to form and maintain a partnership with the National Park Service to ensure to opening and operation of the park’s $10 million regional environmental education center.


The Ohio State University, Columbus: Bachelor of Science in parks and recreation with a minor in natural resources in 1974.

San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.: Took master’s courses from 1976 to 1979.

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.: Master’s degree in parks and recreation administration in 1979.

Source: Clarke Johnson

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