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Stothert names new director of parks, rec. & public property

New director to start on Dec. 14
Posted at 4:12 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 17:12:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced who will be the city's next Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Property.

Matthew Kalcevich is currently the Recreation Manager for the City of Des Moines, Iowa where he's gained ten years of experience.

"Matt brings enthusiasm and experience to manage our park system and the wide range of recreation, leisure and athletic facilities we operate," said Mayor Jean Stothert. "He shares our commitment to great public spaces which contribute to Omaha's quality of life for families and neighborhoods."

In Omaha, Kelcevich will lead management efforts for:

  • 250 city parks in Omaha
  • Eight public golf courses
  • 18 swimming pools
  • 11 splashgrounds
  • Four dog parks
  • Two tennis complexes
  • 13 community centers
  • The Harry A. Koch Trap and Skeet Center
  • The Hummel Park Nature Center
  • The Motto McLean Ice Arena
  • The Forestry Division
  • Summer day camps for youth
  • Code enforcement at parks

"I am incredibly excited to lead this amazing department and expand the wonderful facilities and programs already serving the community. My family and I are thrilled to make Omaha our new home," said Kalcevich.

Kelcevich was selected after a nationwide search for the perfect candidate and will start on Dec. 14 with a salary of $162,318.

He replaces former Omaha Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Property Brook Bench. Bench resigned back in June after 24 years of service to Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department.

Read more: Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench resigns

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