Mayor John Hamilton announced today that Tim Street will serve as Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department effective October 17, succeeding current Director Paula McDevitt, who is retiring effective October 16.
Tim Street has served as Director of the Operations and Development Division of the Parks and Recreation Department since January 2021. He previously served as Associate Director at Indiana University’s Bradford Woods outdoor education center. He continues to work as an instructor and backcountry leader with IU Outdoor Adventures. Steet holds professional certifications as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He earned his bachelor of arts and masters of public affairs degrees from IU. Street will earn an annual salary of $89,007.
“Tim Street has done an outstanding job leading the department’s Operations and Development Division over the past nearly three years,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “I am very pleased that Tim has agreed to step in and lead our award-winning Parks and Recreation Department. I am confident he and all the experienced and dedicated members of the department will continue their excellent service to our residents and visitors.”
“I'm honored to be able to steward the incredible parks, natural spaces, trails, facilities, and programs of the Parks and Recreation Department – they are integral to Bloomington's quality of life,” said Street. “We have a knowledgeable and dedicated group of staff and volunteers that will no doubt continue to work hard every day to make the best things happen for and in Bloomington.”
McDevitt has served the City of Bloomington for 35 years, in various roles in the Parks and Recreation Department, including as Director over the past eight years.
“For 35 years Paula McDevitt has been an exemplary public servant for all the residents of Bloomington. It is fitting that her City career culminates as the leader of the award-winning department,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “On behalf of all our residents and visitors, we thank Paula deeply for her unflagging commitment to quality and service, sincerely appreciate the lasting impact she has created, and we wish her the best in her well-earned retirement.”
“It has been an honor to work for the Bloomington community to achieve the goals and advance the mission of the Parks and Recreation Department,” remarked Paula McDevitt. “Thank you to City Administration, Board of Park Commissioners, Bloomington Parks Foundation members, City Council and community volunteers for their support throughout the years. I am grateful to the Parks department staff for their dedication, talent and commitment to high standards of operations and service to the community...thank you!"
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