Mayor Finch’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood salutes the work of Charlie Carroll who will resume the duties of the full-time director of Parks after performing both roles of parks and Public Facilities chief for five years. Letter to editor from Wood.
I am writing today to make the record clear: Charles Carroll is one of the best public facilities directors the city has had. To suggest otherwise is to tarnish a sterling record. Charlie has taken on two very demanding jobs for the past five years, and has served the city and its residents as one of the best public facilities directors in the city’s history. He has overseen both Public Works and the Parks Department during an unprecedented period of change and growth.
During the past five years at the direction of Mayor Finch, Charlie has guided the city’s municipal consolidation effort, maneuvered manpower and machinery through severe weather events, including a damaging tornado, two massive tropical storms, the winter of 2010-2011 with its back-to-back snowstorms and this past winter, and municipal construction efforts for schools, parks and monuments.
The transition back to full-time director of parks and recreation will allow him to focus on the implementation phase of the recently completed comprehensive parks master plan. Destined to be a hallmark of the Finch administration, the parks master plan seeks to create parks and green spaces within a 15-minute walk of every city resident. Rolling out the plan will be a massive undertaking, one which requires the full attention of the director to ensure that the projects stay on time and on budget.
Mayor Finch is looking forward to opening new parks, green spaces, splash pads and playing fields in neighborhoods across the city to better serve our residents. The city will not be able to achieve these goals without a parks director like Charles Carroll at the helm guiding the process and making the community’s parks master plan a reality. It is an honor and privilege to work with someone of Charlie’s stature to accomplish these goals for the residents of our city.