Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announces the nomination for Recreation and Parks Director and will request confirmation at the Monday’s City Council meeting, scheduled for November 24.
“Michael Morris has strong credentials regarding his budgeting abilities and years of experience as a recreation and parks director,” Mayor Pantelides said. “I think Michael will be a real asset to the city and look forward to him coming on board.”
Morris was chosen from a field of 46 candidates from around the country and brings more than 20 years experience in the field of recreation and parks. Mr. Morris has spent the majority of his career at the director level of municipal parks and recreation departments, most recently serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation for Corpus Christi, Texas where he managed a $22 million operating budget and $16 million capital budget. He was responsible for 430 employees providing park, recreation, senior services, athletics, arts and culture golf courses, beaches, and youth development services in an urban environment for a population of 315,000 people. Prior to taking the job in Texas, Mr. Morris held the same role for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia serving 100,000 residents.
Mr. Morris is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Masters of Education Degree in Sports Management and a candidate for a Doctorate of Public Administration. Mr. Morris is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association and is a former President of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society.
“I welcome Mr. Morris’ vision and his expert abilities that range from creating programs that benefit the entire population to overseeing large scale renovations of major recreation facilities,” City Manager Tom Andrews said.
Upon confirmation, Mr. Morris will make an annual salary of $128,831.30.