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County Welcomes New Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation

Post Date:12/21/2018 9:58 PM
 In November 2018, Jina “J” Stamey started work as the new assistant department director for Chatham County Parks & Recreation. She comes to the county with extensive and varied experience in the parks and recreation field with local governments in the Triangle.

“Chatham County is in the final phase of completing a Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan, which helps prepare us for the growth Chatham will experience and also help meet the existing backlog of recreation needs,” said Tracy Burnett, director of Parks & Recreation. “J’s past work experience includes successfully implementing several projects and programs that are found in the new proposed master plan. This will help us hit the ground running.”

Stamey’s prior work included grant writing, budgeting, park maintenance, parks and recreation programming, athletics and collaborations with school systems. “Given the new joint use community center that will be opening next year at Chatham Grove Elementary, her experience will be so helpful,” Burnett said.

Stamey was a college athlete and coach, but then went on to work with the City of Raleigh’s Parks & Recreation Department and most recently served nine years as director of parks and recreation for the Town of Louisburg.

In Louisburg, Stamey applied for and received a state PARTF grant to add new trails and facilities and renovate and enhance several existing parks. She also secured other grants for facilities and new initiatives.

Stamey had a lead role in initiating two major events, Louisburg’s Friday Nights on the Tar Concert Series and the OkTARberfest Festival and Concert. She also oversaw the installation a new pickleball court and nine-hole disc golf course, which led the town to host the first River Bend Open for Disc Golf.

Stamey has a master’s degree in sports studies from High Point University. She has undergraduate degrees in sports management from Barton College and an arts degree from Louisburg College. She is a member of North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association and the National Recreation and Parks Association.

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