Wilson is the right choice to lead LCPRC

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Sherry Wilson has been with the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission for only two years, but she’s already made history with her work.

Wilson, who became the LCPRC director with the retirement of former director Frank Overcash, is the first woman to head the LCPRC.

Wilson has spent two years with the Lancaster County Rec, serving as the assistant director.

Now she moves into the top job, leading the county recreation department.

She follows Overcash, who worked with the LCPRC for 28 years, including the last five as director. He became director when Jim Bull retired.

Now, Wilson is in charge and she’s excited about her new post and the opportunities before her.

“It feels good and I’m proud,” Wilson said. “I enjoy being in Lancaster and we have a good staff.”

Recreation is nothing new to Wilson, a Florida native, who was a top-notch college soccer athlete at Berry College in Rome, Ga., where she was an All-American goalie and earned national player of the year honors.

From there she launched her recreation administration career, working in Florida and in the Charlotte area before moving to Lancaster. 

She has 13 years of experience, including her time here in being groomed to take over when Overcash retired.

“She has lots of experience, including her time with the program here,” Overcash said. “Her experience was a key factor in hiring her. She has a real good background in sports, as well as a good temperament.”

Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Wilson’s hire is a plus.

“Having experience in larger areas and other states, she will bring fresh ideas to the table,” Willis said. “She will do a good job for us.

“Nothing’s more important to her than what’s best for the kids.”

Wilson, who will complete her master’s degree in parks and resource management from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa., in May, begins the job with short- and long-range goals.

“I’m looking to improve maintenance of our parks and add new playgrounds,” she said.

In the future, Wilson also would like to add a regional sports complex.

Wilson has some lofty goals, but she’s hit the ground running and has a good knowledge with what she has to work with in her duties.

We welcome her in leading Lancaster County recreation, which plays a major role here among young and old, and wish her the best.