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County Parks and Recreation Director Announced


January 29, 2010

Contact: Veda McMullen, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 259-5415



John Carnifax has been promoted to Director of the James City County Division of Parks and Recreation, effective February 1, 2010.  He has served the Division for 13 years - as Acting Director since August, as Deputy Director for three years and as Superintendent of Parks for nine years. Before moving to James City County, Carnifax served as Director of Parks, Recreation, Buildings and Grounds for Louisa County for 14 years.

During his tenure at James City County, John played a significant role in the acquisition of Chickahominy Riverfront Park and in the development of Freedom Park, the Warhill Sports Complex, and the public/private partnership with the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.  He was actively involved in the past two County Comprehensive Plan revisions, as well as serving as the lead staff person for the update of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2009.

Carnifax is an active member of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS) where he has served several terms on the Society’s governing board, including two years as the Vice President. He is involved in the National Recreation and Parks Association where he has served as a team leader for the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies and is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Historic Triangle Program, serving as an active member in the development of the new “My Place” inclusive playground.  


Carnifax has received numerous awards during his tenure including the 2001 VRPS Distinguished Service Award and the James City County Board of Supervisors 2005 Chairman’s Award for his work in addressing the athletic, health and recreational needs within the community.


Carnifax will continue to report to Community Services Manager, Diana Hutchens. Under current fiscal restraints, the County will look to eliminate the Parks and Recreation Deputy Director position in the FY 11 Budget and adjust workload and staffing as needed.



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