Mayor Don Wesely today appointed Lynn Johnson as Director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Johnson, who has been the department's Planning and Construction Manager for three years, will assume his new duties upon approval of the City Council.
Johnson will replace Jim Morgan, who left the department May 19 after eight years as Director to be Parks Superintendent in Madison, Wisconsin. Mayor Wesely thanked Jerry Shorney, Superintendent of Operations, and Steve Hiller, Superintendent of Administration and Community Services, who are currently managing the department.
"Our parks and recreation program is very important to our citizens and to our quality of life," Mayor Wesely said. "Lynn is very committed to our program. He has a great deal of experience in planning for growth and is ready to work with neighborhoods, community organizations, businesses and individuals as the system and its services expand."
Johnson, a native of Washington State, moved to Lincoln from the Puget Sound area of that state in January 1997 when he was selected for his current position through a nationwide search. He previously worked as a parks and special projects planner in Puyallup, Washington during implementation of that state's newly-enacted Growth Management Act. The Washington State Legislature adopted the Act in 1990 to assist rapidly growing communities in developing plans and strategies for responsible growth and development. Johnson has degrees in landscape architecture from Kansas State University and Washington State University.
"My family was attracted to Lincoln by a diverse, progressive and growing parks and recreation system and an enviable quality of life," Johnson said. "I have found Lincoln to be a place where people love their parks and trails. It's a system than rivals national standards, and I am excited by the challenges of maintaining and building facilities and programs we can all enjoy and take pride in. An important goal is to responsibly expand our services in growth areas while maintaining the level of service in established areas. That will require creativity and building partnerships within the community."
Johnson will earn $68,750 in his new position. Morgan was earning $85,700 as Director.