Ruston, LA, 71270
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EducationJohn Wesley Barton (Wes)
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Ruston, Louisiana: 2004-present. Responsibilities include all administrative and management functions of the Parks and Recreation Department. Current City administration continues to further develop quality of life issues through community and economic development, and to couple the City identity more directly with that of Louisiana Tech University, located within the corporate boundaries of the City. Planning, development, renovation, policy creation, and coordination of efforts with local interest groups are paramount, thus creating a new foundation for the future of the City. Total of all budgeted resources is about $1.5 million annually.
Assistant Director of Operations, Recreation and Parks Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana (an NRPA accredited agency and Gold Medalist): 2003-2004. Responsibilities included administration and management of all operational aspects of the park system comprising 186 parks, 55 recreation centers, 7 swimming pools, velodrome, zoo, observatory, 145 playgrounds, 3 athletic stadiums, arboretum, botanic garden; and other park amenities, trails, lakes, and sports areas. Duties included supervision of 160 full-time employees, fleet management of approximately 400 vehicles and pieces of equipment, management of a $7 million annual operations budget, and coordination of various districts and divisions within the system.
Parks Manager, City of Bryan, Texas: 1992-2002. Responsibilities included management and administration of 44 parks, athletic complexes, and Lake Bryan operations, comprising over 500 actively-maintained acres, including construction management, grant administration, and management of approximately $3 million in annual funding. Other duties included review of private development plans as a member of the City of Bryan Site Development Review Committee, contract management, and facilitation and coordination of six Little League Baseball leagues, five local soccer clubs, and various Texas A & M University functions using City of Bryan facilities.
Senior Horticulturist/Park Supervisor, City of Ft. Worth, Texas (an NRPA accredited agency and Gold Medalist): 1988-1992. As Sr. Horticulturist, duties included management, supervision, and administration of citywide landscaping projects, tree farms, greenhouses, and forestry projects. As park supervisor, duties included maintenance and continued development of a new 600-acre park on the banks of the Trinity River.
Other experience includes service as Grounds Director for the Plano, Texas, Independent School District; Landscape Manager for a Dallas-based commercial real estate developer, owner/manager of my own landscape company, and superintendent and manager of a Monsanto Agricultural Division Service Center. Part-time experience includes teaching courses in horticulture, irrigation and botany for the Dallas County and Collin County Community College Districts and teaching GED courses for the City of Bryan, Texas.
Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas – B. S. in Recreation and Parks
American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia – M. A. in Military History
Richland College, Dallas, Texas – Horticulture major following acquisition of a B. S.
Blinn College, Bryan, Texas – Certificate in Management and Supervision
PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION (some items may no longer be current)
National Recreation and Parks Association:
• Board of Directors - American Parks & Recreation Society
• Professional Certification Committee - member
• Parks Maintenance Guidelines Committee - member
• Commission for Accreditation of Parks & Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) - visitor
• National Playground Safety Inspector #3769
• Certified Parks & Recreation Professional #5369
• Resource Management School – graduate
• Certified Aquatic Facility Operator #502578
International Society of Arborist:
• Certified Arborist #TX-0902
Texas Association of Nurserymen:
• Master Nurseryman #756
Texas Turfgrass Association:
• Certified Professional Turfgrass Manager
State of Texas:
• Licensed Irrigator #2896
• Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator #123040
• Structural Pest Control Board Applicator #33313
Texas Recreation & Parks Society:
• Recipient of 2001 Gold Medal Award for accomplishments in Bryan, Texas
• Member for over 15 years
Louisiana Recreation & Parks Association:
• Member for 8 years
Southwest Parks & Rec. Training Institute:
• Annual attendee for 2 decades
Academy for Youth Sports Administrators:
• Certified Youth Sports Administrator
Sports Turf Managers Association:
• Sports Turf Manager membership
My management style would best be described as participatory. I prefer to empower employees to make decisions when opportunities exist, and openly ask that they participate in decision-making processes whenever possible. I am extremely results-oriented, and work well when allowed to accomplish what needs to be done without direct supervision. Likewise, employees under my supervision are expected to accomplish their assigned duties without being micro-managed. My fiscal responsibilities are precise, and my communication skills are excellent. I am extremely straightforward, honest, thorough, and dedicated to my employer and my job responsibilities. Furthermore, I am an excellent organizer, competent administrator, and a proven manager. I am presently involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, and various clubs at Louisiana Tech University. Past involvement includes coaching youth soccer and basketball, and serving as Den Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and District Advancement Chairman for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in both Texas and Louisiana.
ExperienceI have taught at the junior college level in Texas, and have taught GED courses for a previous employer. I enjoy watching people learn, and particularly enjoy seeing the lightbulb be turned on!!!
HobbiesHobbies include aspects of Civil War history, antique automobile rebuilding, and gardening.
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