Todd Witt remains on the job with the parks and recreation department until a final date is determined. He does not expect his official exit to be before May 15.
“Todd has done an excellent job,” said Butch Carmichiel, chairman of the Corinth-Alcorn County Parks and Recreation Commission. “He has taken the park to another level.”
Carmichiel met with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen behind closed doors Tuesday evening to notify them that the park commission has Witt’s resignation in hand.
The park board handles the hiring of the director and will begin advertising the position in Sunday’s newspaper. Resumes are due by May 1.
Witt has served as director of parks and recreation since January 1989. He is taking a job as a sales representative for a manufacturer in the shooting, hunting and outdoor gear industry — an opportunity he said he couldn’t pass up.
“This position that I’ve held for so many years — call it a job or a career or whatever — it’s sort of part of who I am,” said Witt. “I’ve done it over half my life. It’s not something I take lightly or leave lightly.”
He will continue residing in Corinth.
“I’ll always be a supporter and help out any way I can,” said Witt, who grew up in Belmont. “It’s been a pleasure being a parks and recreation director for all these years and having the honor of serving the people of Corinth and Alcorn County.”
Looking back on the years, Witt said he is proud of the dramatic growth in programs such as youth softball and taking on the Alcorn County Youth Football League, which involves 300 children each year. Facilities expanded with pavilions and playgrounds.
He has pushed for a large-scale expansion for many years. While that plan is finally starting to move forward, he is not too disappointed that it will come after his retirement.
“I will still get to see it become reality,” he said. “It’s something that is definitely needed here. It’s going to be a very good thing for the community.”
If there is a gap between Witt’s departure and the arrival of his replacement, Assistant Director Kathy Berry will be in charge of daily operations.
The park board is requiring candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation or health, physical education and recreation, public administration, management, business administration or a closely related field. Four years of administrative experience in the parks and recreation setting is required.