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County of Santa Clara Appoints New Parks and Recreation Director

Courtney Returns to California from Seattle

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara announced the appointment of Robb Courtney to serve as the new Director of Parks and Recreation. Courtney, who has worked in the parks and recreation field for more than 20 years, including 18 years in management and supervisory roles, is currently the Parks Director for the City of Seattle. In Seattle, Courtney oversees land stewardship, maintenance of the facilities and grounds, and natural resource management for the 6,400 acres of parkland, 430 parks, 26 community centers, pools, lakes and 24 miles of shoreline. The department has a $50 million budget and about 500 full time equivalent positions.Robb Courtney

He was a key leader in planning, design, and project management for park development projects. Prior to accepting the Seattle position three years ago, Courtney served as Parks and Recreation Manager for the City of Gresham, Oregon. The Parks and Recreation System Master Plan was completed under his leadership. He also oversaw the development of the Parks, Recreation, Trails and Greenways Master Plans for two new communities. In cooperation with regional partners, Courtney worked to acquire 100 acres of natural areas and secure funding for the development of two regional trails.

“Courtney’s experience in park development, natural resource management, and program and services planning and delivery will be a tremendous asset to the County Parks and Recreation Department,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.

Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. He also has held parks and recreation related positions with a number of organizations, including in California where he began his career as an Aquatics Director with the Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Coordinator for the Santa Clarita Parks and Recreation, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Foster City, and Community Services Administrator for the City of Glendale.

“I am very excited to be given this opportunity to work with Santa Clara County Parks,” said Courtney. “It is an honor and a privilege to join the rest of the Parks and Recreation staff in stewarding one of the premiere regional park systems in California.”

Courtney’s appointment as Director of Parks and Recreation is effective November 7, 2011, and he will be paid $160,000. He, his wife Monica, and two daughters - ages 16 and 12 years - will be relocating to Scott’s Valley.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: October 25, 2011