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Hardeeville has found a parks and recreation director who wants to make the city a prime destination spot.
The city said Jennifer Combs of Fayetteville, N.C., has accepted its offer to lead the department. She’s expected to begin at her new post in mid-June.
Combs has about 20 years of service with the city of Spring Lake, N.C., as its assistant director and she also worked with the YMCA, the city said.
She takes over for Addison Jarrell, who left the city in April to be Conway’s parks director.
Combs said she was attracted to the job because of “growth, developmental opportunities and the prospect of working with invested partners to build on the success of the department while moving it forward so its viability is ever present in the community.”
Combs, who has been a parks and recreation professional for more than 25 years, said she enjoys building solid foundations for future generations through parks, facilities, programs, and annual special events.
“Becoming emerged and active engaging with the community and forming partnerships that will live on past my tenure is a welcomed aspect of my profession,” Combs said in an email. “There is no greater satisfaction in my profession than seeing a community’s dream become reality through hard work, dedication and perseverance.”
Hardeeville is growing with many projects —including a planned $6.5 million multipurpose recreational center — and Combs said she’s encouraged by the expected economic development.
“The opportunities and projects on tap will benefit the community greatly. I am excited to be part of the city team and starting on the new center build is top priority,” Combs said. “Building any new facilities is always exciting as it provides more recreational opportunities to our citizens. .....As the city is poised for growth, my goal is to steer the department towards meeting the demands associated with growth by providing a strategic plan that incorporates long-range goals and a master plan.”
Combs said community engagement is important and she plans to work with businesses and community leaders to “ensure that Hardeeville becomes a thriving destination city.”