Mary Beth Bender is now the new Recreation, Parks & Cultural Arts Division Superintendent for the City of Norcross.
Bender, who's been with Norcross for 13 years, has filled the spot that was , who took over as the director of Doraville's Parks and Recreation Department in June. She's held a number of different jobs in for the city, most recently being the executive assistant for Norcross' Public Works, Utilities & Parks Department.
As the new superintendent, Bender will be responsible for managing daily operations for these areas and for the city’s cultural arts facilities. Additionally, she will be administering a diverse recreation program and municipal park system among the 11 designated parks in the city of Norcross, totaling more than 31 acres of green space.
“Mary Beth has excellent organizational skills, and extensive experience solving a wide scope of department-related issues when they arise,” said Norcross Public Works, Utilities & Parks Director Craig Mims in a press release. “When the position opened, Mary Beth assumed the responsibilities on what we thought would be an interim basis; however, she did such a great job, we realized she was well-qualified for the job and felt it highly appropriate to offer her the position full-time.”
Bender is a member of the American Public Power Association, American Public Works Association, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Inc., and the International Association of Administrative Professionals, where she has served as Chapter secretary for two terms. She is a graduate of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Excellence as a Supervisor Training Program.
“We have a good strong team in place to handle maintenance of Norcross’ parks and fountains,” added Mims. “Mary Beth’s project management skills will ensure the city’s high standards are maintained, and she may very well even raise the bar a bit. We are very pleased to have her take this leadership role.”