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City’s new parks director “impressed” with community

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By Heather Walters

Walterboro has hired a new director its in-house parks department. Adam Davis officially began as the city’s new parks director on June 16th. He will be overseeing a staff of three people and will be responsible for the maintenance of the city, the city’s parks and the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly the Great Swamp Sanctuary). “I plan to get acclimated with the workload of what it takes to maintain the upkeep,” he said. “I need to make a priority list of what tasks we have at hand and the areas we need to improve on.”

Specifically, Davis said he will be focusing on the beautification of the city’s two interchanges along Interstate 95. “The parks department has been understaffed for some time now, but, with that being said, they have done an excellent job with trying to keep things maintained throughout the city,” said Davis. According to Davis, there are two available positions within the city’s parks department that he hopes to soon fill – a general laborer and a supervisor. “The summer is a vital time when everything is growing, from the grass to the shrubbery, to weeds in the flower beds. It just takes a lot to keep these things maintained,” he said.

Davis is the former director of grounds and athletic fields for Ashley Ridge High School in Dorchester District Two. The Summerville High School graduate oversaw large crews of workers, and was responsible for all work at the mega-campus. He also prepared reports and budgets, and developed and implemented related policies. Davis also worked with the school’s athletic directors and reported to Dorchester District 2 officials.

“He rose to the top in the interviewing process,” Walterboro City Manager Jeff Molinari said, of Davis. Molinari introduced Davis to Walterboro City Council at last Tuesday’s city council meeting.  “We are very happy to have him,” Molinari said. The Knightsville resident will continue to reside in his town, but has not “ruled out” the possibility of moving to Walterboro, he said. Davis says he is very impressed with the city, and says he has very fond memories of coming to Walterboro to visit with his grandfather and to play soccer. “My first impression is that I felt like I did when I was a kid, hanging out with my grandfather on his front porch and just soaking up as much wisdom I could from him,” he said. “Coming to Walterboro, and meeting the administration and the city council, you get a sense of leadership, togetherness, and a community that looks out for one another. I look forward to getting out in the community and meeting those in it.”

Davis is currently pursuing a Sports Turf Managers Certification and is both a state and national member of the Sports Turf Management Association.

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