The Parks and Recreation Department consists of the Recreation, Parks and Forestry, Cemetery and Government Building operations of the City. Seydell Johnson will work with the Parks and Recreation Commission to direct the operational, financial, personnel and capital improvement activities of the department. She will be responsible for an annual operating budget of $8.1 million and a staff of 40 permanent employees and approximately 300 temporary and seasonal employees. She will oversee the maintenance and development of 46 parks, approximately 1,600 acres of open space, and an extensive trail network of more than 40 miles. Seydell Johnson will also oversee all recreational programming, including management of the City’s two recreation centers, as well as the City’s facility maintenance operations and the City-owned Oakland Cemetery.
Seydell Johnson has served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Eagan, Minn. since 2005. In her role with the City of Eagan, she is responsible for oversight of 54 parks, an indoor ice arena, waterpark and community center. She also manages Eagan’s facility management and fleet maintenance operations. The Eagan Parks and Recreation Department has an annual operating budget of approximately $11 million and employs 54 full-time staff members. Prior to working for the City of Eagan, Seydell Johnson served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Coralville, Iowa, from 2000 to 2005.
“Juli is a recognized leader in the field of Parks and Recreation and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Iowa City,” said Tom Markus, Iowa City City Manager. “We are very fortunate to have been able to attract someone of her caliber. Her familiarity with the Iowa City area combined with her management and leadership experience will help undoubtedly propel our community forward.”
For more information, contact the City Manager’s office at 319-356-5010.