Streetsboro -- The city's new parks and recreation director is no stranger to Streetsboro.
Missy Hatch, whose appointment was announced April 14 by Mayor Glenn Broska, previously worked for the city for 2 1/2 years, from 1999-2002, as supervisor of parks and recreation.
Since then, she's served as a parks and recreation director in Middlefield. Her first official day with Streetsboro is April 21.
Hatch, who succeeds Greg Mytinger, who resigned to take another job, will earn $58,250 annually, according to Finance Director Jenny Esarey.
Mytinger's 2014 salary was $58,372, and his last official day was March 28.
Broska said Hatch will temporarily serve as head of the senior citizens department, as Mytinger had done, but Broska said the city is still seeking a director for that position.
Broska, who said he sat in on three interviews for the parks & recreation position, said Hatch's "vast experience in the parks and recreation field" appealed to him.
"When this position opened, she felt it was a good opportunity for her," Broska said. "I like the fact that she has a working knowledge of the city. I look forward to working with her to move our parks and rec. programs ahead."
Prior to being hired in Streetsboro, Hatch said she had brief discussions with Broska and City Council members in regard to making improvements to city facilities, but she said nothing was set in concrete.
"After meeting with the mayor and Council, it is clear that the city values its parks system and wants to improve upon the facilities at City Park," she said. "I look forward to becoming part of such a progressive community and working to advance the parks and recreation programs."
Hatch earned a degree in leisure service management from Kent State University.
Mytinger, after serving the city since 2008, is heading for a job closer to home. A resident of Jackson Township in Stark County, he said he has accepted a position as assistant parks and recreation director for the city of Massillon. He said his new drive to work will be about 15-20 minutes one way as opposed to a one-hour drive to Streetsboro.
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