ROSWELL, Ga. — The City of Roswell has hired Jeff Leatherman, director of Regional Parks in Sacramento County, Calif., as its new director of Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs.

The announcement came June 6 after more than a yearlong search following the departure of longtime director Morgan Rodgers, who now heads Alpharetta Parks and Recreation. Jeff Pruitt had been serving Roswell as interim director during the transition.

While at Sacramento County, Leatherman oversaw the operation and management of 15,000 acres of parkland, including 62 parks, more than 30 miles of trails, a nature center, three community centers and the American River Parkway.

His task at Roswell will be to manage more than 900 acres of parkland, Roswell’s historic house museums, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, the trail system and several special events held each year. Last year, Roswell’s parks system was recognized as one of the top seven operations in the country and was presented the coveted National Gold Medal Award.

“I am looking forward to joining a dynamic team that provides award-winning parks, facilities and programs for the City of Roswell,” he said.

Before leading the Sacramento County parks system, Leatherman was the general manager for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District in Riverside County, Calif. He is a certified parks and recreation professional with the National Recreation and Parks Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from California State University along with a minor in marketing.

He will be a “perfect fit” for the city, said Roswell City Administrator Gary Palmer.

“Jeff will be a great leader for Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department,” Palmer said. “He has the experience and energy to take the department to the next level. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Leatherman is expected to start the position in early to mid-July with an annual salary of $125,000.

Julia Grochowski is a Reporter with Appen Media Group and covers Roswell.

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