A new recreation and parks chief is coming to town, by way of Macon, Ga.

Mayor Catherine Pugh announced yesterday that she’s hired Reginald Moore, the director of Macon-Bibb County’s parks and recreation department, to lead the city’s public parks division.

“I’m excited to welcome Director Moore to the City of Baltimore and am looking forward to the ways that he will help us continue to invigorate our parks and recreation system with innovative best practices and programming,” Pugh said in a statement.

Moore has worked for the City of Macon and Bibb County’s parks and recreation department since 2002. He previously worked in sports administration for the Atlanta Falcons and the World Basketball League, a minor-league association that folded in 1992. He also teaches at Mercer College in Macon, Ga., according to the mayor’s office.

Moore will step in for current Acting Parks and Recreation Director William Vondrasek, a holdover from the Rawlings-Blake administration. The department hasn’t had a permanent director since Ernest Wisdom Burkeen, Jr. left the role last spring after serving there for three years, as the Baltimore Brew reported.

Moore’s hometown is going to miss him. Its newspaper, the Macon Telegraph, reports the city’s mayor held back tears while announcing his departure last week.

In his new role in Baltimore, Moore will oversee Baltimore’s 41 rec centers, 23 pools, 270 parks and more than 4,600 acres of parkland.

His first day will be Monday, July 3.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...