February 9, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:         Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        Public Information Officer 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Attorney Richard Samek was re-elected President of the Board of Park Commissioners today.

“Rick’s ongoing commitment to the board has been an invaluable asset,” said Al Moll, Director of Parks & Recreation. “He’s clearly dedicated to improving and enhancing our park system.”

Along with his association with the Parks and Recreation Department, Samek is an attorney with Carson Boxberger, LLP, is on the Bike Fort Wayne Task Force, is a board member for Metro YMCA, Friends of the River and Headwaters Junction, and Samek currently chairs the Board of Park Commissioner’s Riverfront Advisory Committee.

Pamela Kelly, M.D. was re-elected as Vice President, along with William Zielke, who was reappointed as Park Board Commissioner. Justin Shurley is currently serving as a Park Board Commissioner.

Overall policy and management direction of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is provided by a four member bi-partisan Board of Park Commissioners appointed by the mayor for staggered four year terms. Following provisions of the Indiana statute (I.C. 36-10-4), the Board approves budget revenues and expenditures, passes bond issues, acquires and improves property, adopts new programs, establishes management policy and regulations, and provides a public venue for community debate and input.

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