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Mayor’s Office

Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Jesse Bridges as New Department of Parks and Recreation Director

October 4, 2012
Contact:  Mike Kanarick

Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Jesse Bridges as New Department of Parks and Recreation Director

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Jesse Bridges as the new Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Burlington.  Bridges currently works at the University of Vermont Foundation as the Associate Director of Major Gifts for Athletics and as an Assistant Athletic Director for the UVM Athletic Department, where he has worked for more than 10 years.  Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its October 15, 2012 meeting.

“The City of Burlington will be very fortunate to have a leader, team player, and motivator like Jesse Bridges serve as our Parks and Recreation Director,” said Weinberger at a press conference held at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center.  “Jesse has a thirst for challenges and a track record of success at each professional challenge he has taken on.  His leadership and management roles, revenue raising skills, and extensive budgeting experience will serve our City well.”

In addition to his UVM work experience, Bridges earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees at UVM.  While at UVM, both as a student and a professional, Bridges has won awards and been honored, including his induction into the International Honor Society of Public Administration and his designation on three occasions as a Department of Athletics staff award winner.

“I look forward to bringing a new perspective and energy to lead the Department during a promising and innovative time and to enhance the quality of life for our community members,” said Bridges.  “I appreciate the Mayor’s and Parks and Recreation Commission’s confidence in my abilities to take Parks and Recreation to the next level and am excited and honored to be joining Burlington’s leadership team and the dedicated staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation.”

Please see attached document, including:

  • Memorandum from Mayor Miro Weinberger to City Council Members requesting approval of the appointment of Jesse Bridges as Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Cover letter and resume of Jesse Bridges


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