City of Tucker Hires First Parks & Rec Director

TUCKER, Ga. (August 28, 2017) – The City of Tucker has hired Carlton “Rip” Robertson as its first-ever Director of Parks and Recreation. Robertson, who has nearly two decades of experience working in Parks and Recreation, will start on September 18.

“Rip will be a wonderful addition to our team here at City Hall,” said City Manager Tami Hanlin. “His level of expertise and leadership skills are exactly what we were looking for in a Parks and Rec director.”

Robertson most recently served as the Director of Public Works and Parks and Recreation for the City of Doraville. He comes to Tucker at a time when the City is assuming responsibility of its parks and recreation facilities from DeKalb County.

“I see Tucker as a very exciting opportunity: a new city with a new department,” Robertson said. “I know that the citizens are looking for quality parks and recreation and, with my experience, I think I can bring that to the table.”

Tucker is home to nearly a dozen parks, as well as the county’s most-utilized recreation facility – Tucker Recreation Center. Robertson will be charged with overseeing and coordinating the transition from county to city control, while ensuring that current recreational programs continue with minimal interruption.

“Every community has different expectations in what they’re expecting and what they’re looking for,” Robertson said. “A lot of time’s going to be spent talking with the Friends of the Parks groups and elected officials. I look forward to talking with them about what their priorities are.”

Robertson spent 12 years as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army and, more recently, has worked as an advisor in the Army Reserve. He and his wife – also a longtime employee in local government – are proud parents of a 27-year-old daughter.

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