After spending the past 18 years with the Town of Fountain Hills, Bryan Hughes will begin his duties as the new Town of Florence Parks and Recreation Director on March 24th, Town Manager Charles Montoya recently announced.
“We’re very pleased to have Bryan joining our management team here in Florence,” explained Town Manager Montoya. “We’ve been fortunate to have had Ray Hartzel directing the department for the past several years and his move to Parks Maintenance Superintendent, coupled with Bryan taking over as director, will make us stronger both in parks facilities and in enhancing our recreation programming and special events. Bryan will move the department forward as we continue to grow as an organization and as a community.”
Hughes commented, “Florence represents an exciting opportunity for me to move into a director’s role in a vibrant and growing community. I’m really looking forward to getting up-to-speed on the current operation and the challenges that we face. Working together with an outstanding staff and community, we’ll make positive things happen.”
Hughes holds a degree in recreation from Eastern Illinois University. He began his career as a Recreation Program Coordinator in Fountain Hills in 1995, promoted to Deputy Director of Recreation in 2000 and finally to Supervisor of Recreation in 2002. During his tenure in Fountain Hills, he was involved in parks facility master planning and construction, recreation program and event organization and management, and was successful in obtaining grants to help fund a $3.4 million park project. Hughes was president of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association in 2012 and received the organization’s Outstanding Professional Award that year, as well as the President’s Award in 2010. He holds certifications as a Parks and Recreation Executive and as a Playground Safety Inspector. Hughes will complete the prestigious National Recreation and Parks Association’s Directors School later this summer.