BURLINGTON, Vt. - Burlington's Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department welcomed its eventual new leader Tuesday.
After a nationwide search and more than 50 candidates, Cindi Wight was the final pick. It's a job Mayor Miro Weinberger says he has a lot of respect for.
"I think, with maybe the exception of the police chief, there's no position in city government that the public cares about as much as the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Director," said Weinberger.
Wight is leaving her post as Director of Rutland's Recreation and Parks Department; she held the post since 2013. Before that, she was the Recreation Director there since 2001.
Now, she says she's excited for a new adventure in Burlington.
"Burlington is one of those places you go and visit, and I hadn't really thought about living here until Councilman Hartnettt reached out to me and asked would I be interested, and so I reached out to Jesse, who is the past director and Jesse encouraged me to throw my name in the ring and learn about Burlington as I went along," said Wight.
Wight says seeing the July 3rd Fireworks show was one of many the reasons she was excited to take the job in Burlington.
"I could just feel that energy at the event. In Rutland, one of our big events is the Halloween parade, we probably get about 10,000 people that come down for our Halloween parade. So we've done some similar events in other capacities," said Wight.
Wight comes to Burlington with 24 years experience in the parks and rec field.
"You know, I'm someone that likes to listen. I like to go out into the community and be a part of the community and I get that sense of Burlington that they want somebody that's gonna be out in the community and not just be in an office somewhere doing my work, but to be out getting to know folks," said Wight.
She says she'll do just that to figure out what her vision is for Burlington.
"And really wrapping my head around what's going on, really understanding the Master Plan and getting a sense what the community wants," said Wight.
If confirmed at Monday night's City Council meeting, Wight will begin working for the city on October 1st.
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