|JCPRD Director Announces Formation of New Community Relations Department|
Positioning the Johnson County Park and Recreation District to respond to increased communication and marketing needs is the goal of an internal restructuring announced by JCPRD Director Michael Meadors.
During the JCPRD Board's Dec. 19 meeting at Shawnee Mission Park, Meadors announced plans to merge the District's Community Education and Special Projects departments to form a new Community Relations Department within the JCPRD's Administrative Services Division. The merger is effective Dec. 24. The new department will be responsible for all of the District's marketing, media relations and public relations efforts.
Randy Knight, formerly the Special Projects Manager for the District, will manage the new Department. In addition, Knight will continue work toward implementation of the District's 20-year Master Action Plan, MAP 2020 as well as development of a new Friends and Partners program.
"Knight's organizational skills, as well as his marketing and promotional knowledge, make him a great fit with the existing strengths and talents of the current Community Education staff," Meadors said.
Most recently, Knight came to the District in July 1998 to serve as Project Coordinator for the Big Bull Creek Bond Issue. With the successful completion of that project, which culminated with a 70 percent approval rate for authorization of $6 million in bonds to purchase land for the new park , Knight became Special Projects Coordinator for the District. He was promoted to Special Projects Manager in September 2000. Earlier, Knight served as the District's Assistant Superintendent of Recreation from October 1987 to March 1991. In that position, his responsibilities were primarily in the areas of marketing and management. After leaving the District, he served as Director of the Children's Miracle Network until fall 1997. In that position, he was charged with raising money for pediatric programs and services at the Children's Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center and at Children's Mercy Hospital. He was also responsible for an annual telethon and for working with corporate sponsors on cross-marketing efforts which benefitted that charity. Knight holds a degree in communications and radio and TV from the University of Tulsa.
Other staff in the new department will include Operations Manager Robert Beverlin, Communications Specialist David Markham, Graphic Design Coordinator Lory Miller, and Web Development Coordinator Debi Rose.
Early in 2002, the new department will relocate to offices on the upper floor of the Tomahawk Recreation Complex, 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee. This will place Community Relations near the District's Administrative Offices at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, and open space for the District's Recreation Division to be located together at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam.