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POSTED: 07/31/2001
Johnson County Park and Recreation District 50 Plus Manager Sharon Rush Williams has been selected as the agency's next Superintendent of Recreation. Williams will start in her new position on Monday, Aug. 6, and will also continue to serve as 50 Plus Manager until that position can be filled.

Williams was selected for the position by JCPRD Director Michael Meadors, who served as the District's superintendent for more than 15 years prior to his recent selection as director in response to the June 29 retirement of longtime Director Gary Haller.

"After 12 years with the District, the last six as 50 Plus Manager, Williams brings considerable experience with her to the position," Meadors said. "She is recognized by her peers for her great organizational skills, as an excellent communicator and as having a 'will do' attitude, among her many other talents."

Williams started with the District in June 1989 as a travel coordinator and was promoted in December 1993 to travel specialist. She has served as 50 Plus Manager since In May 1995. Prior to coming to the District, Williams was Corporate Travel Manager for National Seminars Inc., Overland Park, for three years. Williams is a native of Saint Joseph, Mo., and holds a bachelor's degree from Barat College, Lake Forest, Ill. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in organizational communication from the University of Kansas.

"I have a deep and abiding commitment to the District and to the Recreation Division in particular. It is a crucial period for all of us with MAP 2020 (Master Action Plan) and budget priorities for the division," Williams said. "It provides a challenge and an opportunity to learn and to grow personally and professionally. During my 12 years here, the District and the Superintendent of Recreation have given me support, promotion and challenges. I would like to be able to extend the same opportunities to the staff."

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