Luther named director of Recreation and Parks

Neil Luther
Henrico County has named Edwin C. "Neil" Luther IV as director of the division of Recreation and Parks, effective Oct. 8.

County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced the appointment yesterday.

Luther has been serving as the division's acting director since the retirement of Karen K. Mier in June. Mier spent 34 years with the county.

As director, Luther will lead an agency with more than 185 full-time staff members, as well as hourly and seasonal employees, and a total budget of more than $17.3 million for the 2012 fiscal year.

Recreation and Parks provides comprehensive leisure and recreational programming for all ages, offering a variety of classes, workshops and activities in the cultural arts, nature and the environment, outdoor and therapeutic recreation.

The division manages an extensive system of adult and youth sports leagues, tournaments and special events; it also coordinates the county’s historic preservation and museum services. The division oversees a park system of more than 3,600 acres and operates more than 40 recreation centers, athletic complexes, community centers and other facilities, including Meadow Farm Museum, Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park and Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium.

Luther, a Henrico employee since 2002, previously worked as a planner and served as assistant director of Recreation and Parks before being named acting director. He is a member of both the National and the Virginia Recreation and Park societies, received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and earned a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.
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