Thursday, July 10, 2014

Travis Karlen Named Recreation Manager

In a press release issued yesterday, below, the City of Costa Mesa announced that Travis Karlen has been named Recreation Manager, replacing Bob Knapp who left earlier in the year.  I could find no verifiable photograph of Karlen.
According to the press release, Karlen comes to Costa Mesa from Maricopa, Arizona, where he held a similar position since late last year.  Prior to that he worked in municipal recreation in Minnesota.

The press release says he has 20 years experience in parks and recreation, although he apparently graduated from high school in 1995 and from college in 2000.

According to information available online, Karlen has a musical background, too.

Here's the press release:

Travis Karlen named recreation manager for Costa Mesa
Posted Date: 7/8/2014
Travis Karlen, a 20-year veteran in the field of parks and recreation, has been named recreation manager for the City of Costa Mesa.

Most recently, Karlen was recreation manager for the City of Maricopa, Arizona. Before that, he held municipal recreation positions in Plymouth and Skakopee, Minnesota.

During his career, Karlen has managed a total of six aquatics facilities, one amphitheater complex, a community center that housed a fitness facility, ice arena, gymnasium, meeting spaces, teen center and skate park.

Karlen’s first day will be July 28.

“We are excited to have Travis on board to help us continue the great work done by our recreation team,” said City CEO Tom Hatch. “I’d also like to thank interim Recreation Manager Penny Loomer and those in our recreation department for their extra effort and dedication during this transition period.”

Karlen’s annual salary will be $105,516.

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Anonymous Lumpy said...

What about Lisa McPherson, good qualities, well qualified for the job.

7/10/2014 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Sounds as though I may get some help with harmony. I look forward to it.

By the by, it is sHakopee, not Skakopee. There's an outfit there that makes plastic cabinets.

7/10/2014 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous David on Lorenzo said...

Why would they want to exaggerate his years of work experience? (Also, it looks like he worked in Maricopa only nine months?)

7/10/2014 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Judy Lindsay said...

Terry, so correct on the spelling, 170I went to school in Shakopee as a kid when we lived on a farm nearby. I do not see any experience working with seniors, another suspicion about future of our senior center!!

7/11/2014 01:05:00 PM  

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