FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2021
City Hires Director of Parks and Recreation and Director of Public Works
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City is excited to announce Arthur Dana Kasler as the new Director of Parks and Recreation and Stacey Smalls as the new Director of Public Works. Their first day will be Monday, December 20.
Arthur Dana Kasler was most recently the Director of Parks and Recreation in Louisville Kentucky, a nationally accredited department with more than 14,000 acres of parks, natural areas, golf courses, aquatic facilities and other park facilities.
"Dana expressed a real desire to work with the team that makes up the Parks & Recreation Department," said Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders. "He is bringing experience with larger parks systems to Charlottesville and is ready to tackle the many challenges and opportunities that exist here.” “I look forward to seeing Dana collaborate with his team and with department leaders that will bring the larger organization into alignment as well.”
Stacey Smalls worked as the Director of the Wastewater Collection Division at the Department of Public Works & Environmental Services in Fairfax County.
Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders said "I am excited to bring Stacey to this critical role overseeing the varied divisions of Public Works. Stacey has impressive credentials that will support him well in leading the team and ensuring that daily services remain consistent and efficient. Stacey is a disciplined leader who I foresee investing his time and talents in strengthening our service delivery, while developing the team around him.”
In addition to these new hires, the City is also pleased to announce the promotion of Riaan Anthony as the Deputy Director of the Parks Division in Parks and Recreation. Riaan started in this capacity in mid-November.
“Riaan has hit the ground running and the energy is contagious," said Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders. "I know he will be an asset to the leadership team of the Parks & Recreation Department.”
Formal press releases for each director will be sent at a later date
Interim Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville