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Dublin names new Parks & Community Services director

James M. Rodems, Rancho Cordova parks/rec leader will fill vacant position Aug. 1

James M. Rodems, currently the district administrator of the Rancho Cordova Recreation and Parks District, has been hired as Dublin's new Parks and Community Services Director for Dublin.

Following a nationwide recruitment, Rodems was selected to fill the vacant position created when Paul McCreary resigned to head up the Hayward Area Recreation District in January

"We are fortunate that the search resulted in the appointment of an individual with extensive experience in parks management, facilities management and operations, event planning, and capital project management," said City Manager Chris Foss. "(Rodems') background and outstanding fiscal management skills make him the ideal candidate to guide the city of Dublin in the building and operation of our future parks and facilities."

Rodems, who will start n his new position August 1, is arriving at Dublin as the city is embarking on the expansion of its parks system with the addition of several new neighborhood parks.

He will also have responsibility for the design and development of new community park features, including the next phase of Fallon Sports Park and the new Emerald Glen Recreation and Aquatic Complex.

Rodems began his career in recreation services in 1995 as the Director of the Activity and Recreation Center at UC Davis. He also served as the city of Lodi's Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services from 2007 to 2012, and was General Manager of the Stockton Event Center from 2005 to 2006. He has an undergraduate degree in Recreation Services from Cal State University, Fresno.

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