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City recommends Scott Caron to head Parks and Rec Department

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
April 30, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.
Updated April 30, 2015 at 2:36 p.m.

City of Longview administrators have chosen the man they want to head up the new Parks and Recreation Department.

City Manager David Willard will recommend the City Council select Scott Caron of Rolla, Missouri, for the post when it meets May 18, administrators said Thursday.

"Scott has a combination of experiences and enthusiasm in the parks and recreation field which fit perfectly for our situation," Assistant City Manager Keith Bonds said.

Caron, the parks and recreation director for Rolla, Missouri, has a bachelor of science in parks and recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He was selected out of about 50 applicants for the post and was one of five candidates interviewed in person Friday.

The City Council approved a proposal on Dec. 11 to separate the Parks and Recreation Department from the Community Services Department.  The recommendation came as the city's comprehensive planning effort showed Longview is lacking in park land.

Longview has about 651 acres of park land.  According to an analysis that was part of the comprehensive plan process, Longview needs 1,279 additional acres to meet a city goal of 15.5 acres per 1,000 residents.

Many of Longview's parks need repairs, according to the 250-page plan.

Caron and his wife Jennifer have twin, 14 year old boys, Alex and Tyler and a 10 year old daughter Abby.



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