London parks and rec director resigns

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(Posted May 20, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The city of London is looking for a new parks and recreation director.

Ben McCoy submitted his resignation. His last day on the job is June 1. He has accepted a private sector job working with computer numerical control equipment and computer aided design software.

“It’s a good fit for me and an opportunity to grow my career. It’s something I love to do,” said McCoy, who used the equipment in his previous job as a wood shop teacher at London City Schools.

Hired in February 2013, McCoy initially served the city as a part-time parks and recreation director. After much debate, council approved converting the job to full-time in January of this year.

Steve Hume, London’s safety-service director, said McCoy did much to enhance the parks and recreation department. He was an integral part of rejuvenating the pool last summer and revamped the winter basketball program, which saw a dramatic increase in participation.

“One of the biggest things he did was bring us into the 21st century from a technology standpoint,” Hume said. “Now, parents can register their children for programs and pay online, and we can accept credit cards at the pool.”

McCoy said the department has made great strides in the past year-and-a-half.

“There are a lot of positive things going on. I appreciate all the effort people have put into the recreation department to make it a success… I hope the new director can keep that pace going,” he said.

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