Grand Island May Get New Parks and Rec. Director Soon

Todd McCoy

Mayor Jay Vavricek has recommended Todd McCoy to serve as the parks and recreation director. Vavricek's recommendation will go to city council October 9 at the next city council meeting.

McCoy was hired by the city of Grand Island in 1997 as the recreation superintendent and has continued to serve in that role to the present time. McCoy was also named the interim parks and recreation director in June of 2012 when former Parks and Recreation Director Steve Paustian retired.

Throughout the last 15 years, McCoy has managed Grand Island recreation facilities and programs including Island Oasis Water Park, Lincoln Pool, Community Fieldhouse, Grand Island Games, various sports leagues and tournaments, and children's programming.

McCoy has a bachelor's degree in recreation with an emphasis in administration and natural resources from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The city received 34 applications for the position of parks and recreation directors. That group was narrowed down to three finalists, however two of the finalists declined the final interview.

"While the process didn't go quite as planned, in the end I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome, said Vavricek. "Todd has made his mark in the Parks and Recreation Department as the recreation superintendent and also in the community."

If McCoy's appointment is approved by city council, McCoy will assume the duties of Parks and Recreation director on Wednesday, Oct. 10.