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.
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.
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