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Joel Holmes named best-qualified for Albany Parks and Rec position

Candidate currently serving as director of Chamblee Parks and Recreation department

ALBANY — City Manager James Taylor announced this week that Joel Holmes, the current director of parks and recreation in the city of Chamblee, has emerged as the best-qualified candidate for the director’s position with the Albany Parks and Recreation department.

Holmes, who has a bachelor of science degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business from Georgia Southern University, has served as director of recreation and parks in Putnam County, Fla., and has held athletic coordinator and recreation center manager positions.

The Albany position, which has been under the interim leadership of Darrel Smith since former Parks and Recreation Director Suzanne Davis left for other opportunities, requires supervision, direction and management of all aspects of the city’s parks and recreation programs, centers and gymnasiums, the Albany Civic Center, the municipal golf course, city and county parks, and city cemeteries. As director, Holmes would report directly to Taylor.

Taylor made the public announcement of his decision to name Holmes the best-qualified candidate to maintain compliance with Georgia’s Open Records laws. At least 14 days will pass before final action is taken on naming Holmes Parks and Recreation director.