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LCPR director moving near family in Florida

By AAA Carolinas

Jesef Williams
The county’s Parks and Recreation director is leaving Lancaster for the Sunshine State, largely to be closer to family.
Sherry Wilson, who’s worked for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation department since 2009, submitted her resignation Aug. 20. Her last day here is Sept. 7.
She is moving to Jacksonville, Fla., where she’s been hired as a district manager for that city’s recreation department. She starts work there Sept. 17.
Wilson said she had been looking for a larger organization that would give her plenty of room to grow.
Her position is newly created, as she will be one of five parks and recreation managers who will each oversee a city district. It’s all part of a restructuring in Jacksonville – which, by area, is the largest city in the contiguous United States.
“It’s bittersweet, but I feel like this opportunity will be good for me,” Wilson said about leaving to take a new job.
Wilson said she also wanted to be closer to family. The move puts her considerably closer to her hometown of Coral Springs, Fla., which is just outside Fort Lauderdale. A drive to Coral Springs will take about five hours from Jacksonville, compared to 11 hours from Lancaster.
Looking back on Lancaster
Wilson came to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation in 2009. She served as assistant director until then-Director Frank Overcash’s retirement. Wilson become director in January 2011.
Wilson said she’s happy to see the implementation of stricter policies and a stronger fee structure in terms of registration and participation in sports. Revenue has increased and the department features a stronger group of employees, Wilson said.
“I’m definitely going to miss it here,” she said. “I’ve never worked with such a cohesive group of people before. I’ve been fortunate to work here.”
Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis has mixed feeling about Wilson’s imminent departure.
“I hate it for us, but it’s a great opportunity for her,” Willis said. “I’m just thrilled for her.”
He said the department’s deputy director, Hal Hiott, is serving as interim director. Willis plans to meet with the recreation commission next month to get a feel for what commission members seek in a new director.
Willis gave no timetable for when Wilson’s permanent successor will be named.

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Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152