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Donahay Named City of Lakeland's Director of Parks & Recreation

LAKELAND, FL (February 14, 2012) – City Manager Doug Thomas announced that Bob Donahay is the City of Lakeland’s new Director of Parks & Recreation with the retirement of Bill Tinsley who has been appointed to a newly established part-time position as Special Liaison to the Detroit Tigers / Manager of Community Resources Development. Donahay has been the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation since 2006. 

Donahay said, “I am so pleased to be given the opportunity to lead the department where I have spent the last 34 years. We have a dedicated group of employees that love their jobs and enjoy what they do; we are like a big family.”   He added, “The Parks & Recreation Department has been blessed to have strong, dedicated leadership over the years and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We had two very talented internal candidates for this position and we felt that Bob’s years of experience and associated institutional knowledge of the various Parks & Recreation divisions, coupled with his vision for the future of the Department contributed to him being chosen for the job.”

In conjunction with the restructuring of the senior leadership of the Parks & Recreation Department, Pam Page will transition from her current responsibilities as Assistant Parks & Recreation Director-Administration & Planning to Deputy Director of the Department.  Thomas said, “Lakeland is extremely fortunate to have the talents and passion that both Bob and Pam have for our Parks & Recreation operations.  I have the utmost confidence that their leadership will successfully build upon the rich tradition of providing outstanding public spaces, quality recreational programs and award winning parks as they guide the Department in the coming years.”

Donahay started with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department in 1977.  He was promoted to Superintendent of Parks in 1998 and served at that position until 2006 when he was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks.  Donahay graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Recreation Administration and he is a Certified Public Manager. 

Donahay started as the City of Lakelands Parks & Recreation Director on February 14, 2012 with an annual salary of $100,640.   He is 54 years old.

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