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Posted on: March 14, 2022

Chesterfield Names New Director of Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation

March 14, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Following a nationwide search, Chesterfield County today announced Edwin C. “Neil” Luther, IV as its new director of Parks and Recreation. Luther, a Chesterfield resident who got his start in Parks and Recreation with the county before spending the past decade in the same position in Henrico County, will begin his new role effective March 21. 

Luther returns to Chesterfield with 30 years of leadership experience in and around Parks and Recreation. He served as the director in Henrico for the last 10 years after having been an assistant director for the four years prior (2007-2011). During his time in Henrico, Luther oversaw a budget of more than $21 million and a department that included nearly 180 full-time positions.

Before he was named an assistant director of Parks and Recreation in March 2007, Luther spent the previous five years in the department first as an assistant parks planning supervisor and then as a supervisor. Prior to his time in Henrico, he spent five years in Charlotte where he was a park planner for the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department from September 1997 to September 2001, when he became a principal planner with the county’s planning department until 2002.

“We’re very excited to have Neil joining the Chesterfield County team,” said Deputy County Administrator for Community Operations Clay Bowles. “His commitment to this community and wide-ranging Parks and Recreation experience will be of great benefit to the citizens of Chesterfield County.”

“Chesterfield is my home,” Luther said. “I’m really excited to come back and take this position in a community where I’ve made my home for the last 20 years.” 

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