County looking for new parks and recreation director

First Posted: 11/4/2009

DOBSON The county will lose its parks and recreation director next week, as Adam McComb goes to Elkin to work as the towns director of recreation.
McComb will work his last day as Surry County Parks and Recreation director on Nov. 10 after more than two years of employment with the county. County Manager Dennis Thompson said, We feel bad about losing Adam, because hes doing a great job … but we certainly wish him the best.
For McComb, the move is a practical one. His wife teaches high school in Elkin and his children go to school there.
It made sense to move there. I looked into it, and it worked out, McComb remarked.
He also has experience working in Elkin. McComb served as the athletic director there for five and a half years before taking the county position.
At the time, it was a good move. I anticipated being here a good while … Ive had a great experience working with Surry County, said McComb.
With the job switch, McComb said the major difference is that Elkin has a recreation center, which will give him more options for athletic opportunities.
I want to be an advocate for healthy living, he remarked.
During his time with Surry County, McComb has worked on large projects such as the Mountain Park Community Park, Shoals Community Park and scenic bikeway. He said now that the county is winding down from several big projects, it is an easier time for someone new to come in.
Its a good time for the parks and recreation department. A new director will be able to come in and find out what has been done … and see where the future will take them. I think the road is wide ahead. They have a good board to work with, said McComb.
Thompson said the county will now advertise for the position and then go through an application and interview process. In the meantime, Don Mitchell, facilities manager, will serve as the interim director of parks and recreation.
Mitchell filled this position a few years ago as the county was looking for a new director and eventually hired McComb.
Don will be great, with his experience with the facilities and people in the community … I dont anticipate any problems, McComb remarked.
Thompson said the county is looking for someone with considerable experience with a parks and recreation program to fill the position. He said the new director will be responsible for administrative and managerial duties as well as setting long-range plans for programs and facilities.
While McComb has enjoyed his time in Surry, the new director of recreation in Elkin is setting his sights on the future.
You always look forward to new opportunities, and I have a good idea of what Im getting into. I look forward to working with the citizens of Elkin, he said.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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