Arlinton:Marshall Named New Recreation Director

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Arlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine, has appointed Jonathan Marshall as Recreation Director for the Town of Arlington. Mr. Marshall begins his appointment on September 19th, 2016.


In addition to the administrative duties of running the department and managing its staff of seven, the Recreation Director oversees and implements community recreational and state-licensed pre-school and after-school programs. This includes the operation of the Ed Burns Arena, Reservoir Beach, Gibbs Gymnasium, and two spray pools around Arlington. The director also manages capital projects under the jurisdiction of the Park and Recreation Commission.


“I pleased Mr. Marshall is joining Arlington’s management team,” said Mr. Chapdelaine. “Jon has a strong ability to build outstanding community programs and a deft hand in public administration. A winning combination that will see the continuation of Arlington’s successful, self-sustaining recreational programs.”


Mr. Marshall was selected from a pool of over 66 applicants who applied for the position. Members of the selection team were: Adam Chapdelaine, Arlington Town Manager; and Caryn Malloy, Arlington Human Resources Director; Christine Bongiorno Health and Human Services Director; Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manage; and Jennifer Rothenberg, Arlington Park and Recreation Commission Chair.


“I am honored to be coming to Arlington’s recreation department,” said Marshall. “I look forward to working with their talented staff and the community to continue Arlington’s long tradition of quality recreational programming.”


Mr. Marshall has over a decade of experience in the Recreation department in Natick where he currently serves as the Recreation & Parks Director. In that role he operates the department and its programs, and is responsible for municipal budgets and capital projects. Before becoming the director he was a Program Director in the department where he developed youth and adult programs, large community events, and oversaw all aspects of special-needs programming. Mr. Marshall also currently serves as the Legislative Chair of the Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association and is a past president. He has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Work from Salve Regina University and earned a Certificate of Public Administration from Suffolk University and Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA).


The role of Recreation Director was vacated by Joseph Connelly, who is now serving as Director of Community Services for the Town of Andover, MA.

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