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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • City hires parks, rec director

  • After seven months without a Parks and Recreation Director, the City of Neosho has promoted a city employee to the director position.
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  • After seven months without a Parks and Recreation Director, the City of Neosho has promoted a city employee to the director position.
    Amy Moritz, who has worked in several positions in the parks department since 2007, was named the new director this week, city manager Troy Royer announced in a Tuesday evening council meeting.
    "She knows what she's doing there and I think she'll make a great director for the parks department," Royer said. "She will start that position on Monday."
    Moritz started with the city's parks department as an administrative assistant, before serving as building manager and parks supervisor. She has also worked as the pool manager.
    "She's proven herself," Royer said. "She's worked up that ladder."
    As parks and recreation director, Moritz's duties will include administering, planning and evaluating diversified recreation programs in the city's parks and playgrounds, including staffing levels, budgets and financial goals, overseeing planting, repair and maintenance operations for all parks, participating in long-range and comprehensive planning, overseeing parks employees and overseeing the department's sports programs.
    "I feel very fortunate to come to work every day to a job I love," Moritz said in a city news release. "I have a great support group at city hall that has helped me learn and grow throughout the years. I am feeling very blessed right now and am looking forward to my new position as parks and recreation director."
    The parks director position became vacant in November, when former director John Jordon resigned from his position.
    At the time, Royer said the city could do without filling the position, as the winter months are not as busy for the parks department.
    Since the position became vacant, the duties were split up, with Moritz and the city's director of development services Dana Daniel picking up the load.
    However, Royer said with the busiest time of year underway for the parks department, it became time for the city to once again fill the budgeted position.
    This is the second city position this year to be filled by a promotion. In April, the city appointed then-assistant finance director Daphne Pevahouse to the role of finance director.
    Royer said when possible, he likes to promote from within.
    "If we feel that they're ready for that position, we'll promote from within," Royer said. "To me, Amy has proven herself since I've been here. She's proven herself since she's been the parks manager, that she can direct the staff and take that leadership role."
    Moritz said some of her goals in the new position are to improve the youth and adult sports programs and to continue improvements at the city pool.
    Moritz came to Neosho when her husband, Rudy, got a job in town. She had previously lived in Iowa for 34 years.
    Page 2 of 2 - Outside of work, Moritz enjoys camping, golfing, spending time with her friends and family, which includes her husband, three children, Nate, Kennedy and Rylan, and their bulldog, Bella.

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