Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin announced last night he has named James Snyder as town’s new director of the parks & recreation department.
Snyder has been serving as the interim director since October 2015, when former director James Duane was promoted to the town’s assistant town manager.
“His experience and education make him an excellent candidate,” said Halpin to Selectmen last night, July 26.
Halpin said in making the appointment he consulted with Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Joan Rastani, who “completely concurred.”
Snyder was hired as the deputy director of Framingham Parks & Recreation in October 2014 after spending 16 years as the director of parks & recreation in the Town of Medfield.
“During his time in Medfield, he managed several large projects, including the development of a 56 acre property into an expansive recreation complex. He was involved in the management of constructing, renovating and maintaining playgrounds, parks, athletic facilities and fields, as well as the Community Center,” said Halpin.
Snyder received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and minored social work. He has a Masters in Education from Springfield College in therapeutic recreation management with a concentration in parks & recreation.
Halpin said Snyder was a finalist for the parks and recreation director position in Framingham to Duane in April 2014.
Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll said Snyder did a “phenomenal job” working on the skate park project. Both Selectmen Tully Stoll and Jason Smith serve on the skate aprk advisory committee, along with Rastani.