The Floyd County Parks Department has a new assistant superintendent and program director.
Matt Denison, who worked as operations manager in former New Albany Mayor Doug England’s administration, was unanimously approved for his new position by the parks board Monday.
Denison’s hire means the county parks is back to full strength with five full-time employees.
“He will assist me in any way,” said County Parks Superintendent Roger Jeffers. “He will look at increasing programs in the county ... Greenville, Georgetown.”
Denison, 29, will also be responsible for programming at the Southern Indiana Sports Center which is the home base for the county parks department.
Jeffers said with Denison on board, it will free him up to help design and plan the new park which will be located next to Northside Christian Church on Charlestown Road.
Jeffers said the SISC is a seven-day operation and half the year is used for club volleyball tournaments which is a big revenue source. He said the center also has adult leagues and Denison said he would like to host some sort of elementary basketball league at the sports center since sports have been cut out at the elementary school level in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.
“Matt has a great work ethic and a commitment to the area which is another big plus for us,” Jeffers said. “He has good communication skills and I think will be a huge asset to the parks department.” He will also oversee Twitter and Facebook accounts and updates for the parks.
Denison said he is ready to get started.
“Working in the past for taxpayers and local governments I have made so many connections,” Denison said. “I am able to mix my love for New Albany and Floyd County with sports and athletics. We have the opportunity here to really create some exciting stuff. Roger and his staff have taken the department in a great direction since the split and I hope we can take it to the next level.”
Denison will continue to broadcast high school football and basketball games on WXVW-AM  in his spare time. He said both jobs are “a good mix.”
“There are so many opportunities to collaborate with more groups,” he said. “This is a serious deal for me. I will be pretty difficult on myself.”
“He is a hands-on person. He is not going to sit behind a desk,” Jeffers said. “We want him to get out and serve the public.”
Jeffers praised his staff for helping the county parks department thrive following the split with the city Jan. 1 of this year. The county has 405 acres of parks space.
“Everybody pitches in. I can’t think of a better staff that we have assembled,” he said. “They are not only good employees but good people who really care how the parks look. You can’t put a price on that.”