MANHATTAN, KAN. – Director of Parks and Recreation, Curt Loupe has resigned his position as of April 10, 2013. Loupe began his employment with the city of Manhattan on November 13, 2006.
According to Loupe, "I pledged to the city manager that I would give him five years with this position, and I have served over six years." For personal reasons, Loupe relocated his residency back to Topeka last year.
During his service, Loupe directed a period of facility improvements within the department including the renovation, expansion, and modernization of the aquatics facilities at City Park, CiCo Park, and Northview. Other improvements included the Cattery at the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter; the City Park splash park and playground; and the Douglass Community Center. The Flint Hills Discovery Center and Blue Earth Plaza were also constructed during his tenure.
"Manhattan citizens should be proud of these improvements, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity to have served in this position. It is time to pursue new opportunities."
City Manager Ron Fehr thanks Mr. Loupe for his service and has appointed Assistant City Manager Jason Hilgers to serve as the Interim Director for the Parks and Recreation Department until the position is permanently filled.
Fehr stated, "I plan to commence a national recruitment for the position in the near future. In the meantime, I have complete confidence in Jason and the department staff to continue providing exceptional service to the public. The City will maintain its high quality of parks and recreation services during the transition."
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