PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE
HERBST: “Stuart McCarthy’s leadership has modernized our Parks and Recreation Department and enhanced programs and activities for our system users.”
August 28, 2017 - - Stuart McCarthy, a 30 year parks and recreation professional who served as the Town’s first Parks and Recreation Director under the combined system model, announced his departure last week to pursue other opportunities. “Stuart is a true gentleman and consummate professional,” stated First Selectman Herbst. “Stuart was the Town’s first combined Parks and Recreation Director. Stuart McCarthy’s leadership has modernized our Parks and Recreation Department and enhanced programs and activities for our system users.” McCarthy was previously the Parks and Recreation Director in the Town of Westport, Connecticut.
“I would like to thank the First Selectman Herbst and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Bob Ferrigno for the opportunity to serve the Trumbull community,” stated McCarthy. “Trumbull, through the foresight of previous generations, has a truly exceptional parks system and I am confident that the outstanding staff in place is well prepared to continue to provide quality programs and services to the residents.”
The First Selectman lauded McCarthy for being a change agent that brought necessary reform. “Stuart has completely transformed our staffing models within the department and has been responsible for hiring some exceptional candidates to serve our Town - - from a new office manager, recreation manager, head parks ranger and absolutely dedicated seasonal staff.” The First Selectman noted that McCarthy’s strongest asset was hitting the ground running in implementing much needed operational changes within the Parks and Recreation Department. “Stuart was able to hit the ground running in implementing an online recreation program registration system while implementing necessary internal controls within the department. While there is still additional work to do, Stuart has laid a foundation for his successor that will further make our parks and recreation programming second to none.”