City names three to revamp city’s recreation and parks programs

The city has hired three new talents in the Community Affairs Department, aimed at bringing fresh ideas to the city’s delivery of community services.

Community Affairs Director Doug Seegers announced last week that the city has hired Don Walters as the director of Golf, Patience Talley as director of Community Centers, and D. Ray Wright as director of Parks and Beautification.

Don Walters has been hired as Director of Golf. He will be responsible for the operations of the city’s two golf courses: Chennault Park Golf Course and Johnny Myers Memorial Golf Course (formerly Muny). He brings with him an extensive background in operating golf facilities, most recently at Black Bear in Delhi. Prior to that, Walters operated Calvert Crossing in Calhoun and other courses in Florida.

Seegers says, “we are pleased to have someone of his expertise and look forward to much improved courses under his leadership…

Don brings to the city a unique leadership style that will reestablish our courses as premier facilities in North Louisiana and he will help develop future generations of golfers.”

Talley has been hired as the Director of Community Centers and Programs.

Talley is a Monroe native and a recent graduate of The University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Master of Science in Exercise Science, Sports
Management. She will redevelop our seven community centers and redevelop policies regarding their use.

Seegers says, “we look forward to seeing the fresh new ideas Patience
will bring to our Community Centers to enhance the quality of life in Monroe. Her energy will certainly work to our advantage in serving our community.”

Most recently Patience served as Coordinator of Student Life and Spirit Groups and Facility Manager and ULM. Her official start date with the city was December 14th.

Wright has been hired as Director of Parks and Beautification. Wright, also a Monroe native, brings to us years of management experience in
coaching, mentoring, leadership developing cohesive teams to achieve common goals. Ray will be responsible for the upgrades and improvements to our parks and ballfields in Monroe, as well as directing the parks’ grounds crews in their operation.

Seegers says, “his astute analytical skills and strategic thinking makes him an aggressive agent of change. Additionally, he is a gifted trainer who inspires high performing teams.” Wright will also serve as the leader of Keep Monroe Beautiful Organization working with community leaders
to beautify our city.

Talley and Wright will work together to reestablish sports programs for both youth and adults.