Denver's deputy manager of recreation and facility services has accepted the position as executive director of the Naperville Park District, the Rocky Mountain News reported. Daniel Betts started working for Colorado's capital city four years ago and his resignation is effective March 4, the newspaper reported.
He told the Rocky Mountain News that becoming executive director of the Naperville Park District was a promotion, a great opportunity and a chance to return to the Chicago area, where he grew up.
"This has been a great experience all the way around," he said about his time in Denver, the paper reported.
A Web site profile said that Betts graduated in 2001 from Western Illinois University, which he began attending in 1998. The profile described Betts as an education management consultant in addition to being Denver's deputy director of parks and recreation.
In September Betts faced a firestorm of criticism from Denver City Council members over a proposal to reduce hours that 12 of the city's recreation centers were open to the public, the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News reported. The cutbacks were considered as a cost-saving measure.
In 2005 Betts helped organize a youth basketball tournament and other events designed to highlight Denver's diversity when the NBA All-Star Game was held in Colorado, the Post reported.
In April 2007 Betts was one of six finalists named for the director of recreation in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to minutes of that city's Public Recreation Commission.
Naperville's Park District has been without an executive director since Barb Heller resigned nearly a year ago.
What do you think Betts' priorities for the park district should be?