City Manager Jim McCann said late last week that he has appointed Jenny Rogers as Mill Valley’s new Director of Recreation. Rogers, who most recently served as the Cultural Arts Supervisor in San Francisco, will manage the planning and implementation of a variety of arts and recreation programs.
Rogers comes from a strong academic background in visual arts and brings 20 years of experience from the field.
Although Rogers will be working for the Department of Parks and Recreation, a recent reorganization has shifted the city's parks management component - namely Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca and his staff - over to the Department of Public Works.
Misuraca handles park maintenance and improvement, as well as managing maintenance crews and a variety of public works projects, according to Jim McCann.
When Christine Sansom, the previous head of recreation, retired in January 2012 after 22 years with the city, Stuart Kessler took over the role for the interim period. Now that Rogers is taking over, Kessler will return to his former position as the manager of the , according to McCann.
Rogers was impressed by the beautiful facilities and wide range of recreational programs offered by the city. Her goal is to expand access to high quality arts and recreation programs for all residents of Mill Valley and the North Bay, according to a recent statement from the city.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to expand on the incredible work that the Mill Valley Recreation Department has already been doing,” she said.
Rogers’ experience, energy and creativity made her the obvious choice for the position, according to McCann.
“Working with our many partners, she will have a great opportunity to build and expand our programs to address community recreation and arts interests and needs. I’m very happy to have her join our team.”