|Bill Maasen is JCPRD's new Superintendent of Parks & Golf Courses|
Longtime employee Bill Maasen has been selected to serve as the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's next Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses.
Maasen, who is currently Planning and Development Manager, will officially step into his new position on March 24, following the March 21 retirement of current Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Cobb, who is leaving after more than 28 years with the agency.
The promotion to superintendent takes Maasen from managing a department of four people to overseeing a District division with about 35 employees. He was selected for the position from among three internal candidates.
"Bill brings extensive experience in contract management, construction planning and oversight as well as the protection of our natural resources among other talents and skills," said Executive Director Michael Meadors..
"I felt it was a logical progression for me career-wise, plus I felt this was a good chance to give back to the organization," Maasen said of his decision to seek the job. "I felt like I have some talents to share and give. I love working here."
In his current position, Maasen has worked closely with most of the District's park managers to implement capital improvement projects.
"It's a very good and well-run organization and it will be a pleasure to work with the management staff," Maasen said. "I have no hidden agenda for wholesale changes or anything like that. I have a whole new job to learn; I need to learn that job before I can think about any changes in the operation."
The Parks Division and the Planning Department have had a good relationship in the past, but Maasen expects it will grow even better with his move.
"I think it will be better because once I learn the ropes as a superintendent," he said. "I'll be able to convey to the friends I'm leaving in the planning department the issues that maybe they don’t see from a park maintenance angle."
With the move, Maasen will be giving up working on capital projects, including the streamway parks, which he has spearheaded since he started with the District in November 1986. His position was new at the time in response to voters' approval earlier that year of land acquisition to establish a streamway parks system. During his time with the District, Maasen has acquired more than 6,500 acres of park land.
He holds a bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.
He currently serves on the board of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) National Society for Park Resources and on the NRPA’s Midwest Regional Council. He previously served as president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association from 2003 through 2005. Locally, he is also a member of the MetroGreen Civic Leadership Council and cochair of the Sunflower Restoration Advisory Board (former ammunition plant).
The planning and development manager's position opened to internal candidates during the second week of March. That position will no longer have land acquisition responsibilities, which will stay with Maasen, at least for the time being.