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Jeff Hood named interim director of Lodi’s Parks and Recreation Department

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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:06 am, Sat Jan 28, 2012.

City spokesman Jeff Hood will start as the interim director of the Parks, Recreation and the Cultural Services Department on Feb. 8, replacing Jim Rodems.

Rodems is leaving to take a new job as the district administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, which serves 140,000 residents.

City Manager Rad Bartlam selected Hood and stated in a news release that he does not yet know how he will fill Rodems' job permanently.

Hood, 51, said he does not know how much his pay will increase in his new position.

As of April 2011, Rodems was making $118,224 a year. He is making $145,000 in his new job.

Hood is a management analyst, and has handled communications for the city. He was hired in 2007 after 20 years with The Stockton Record as a reporter and bureau chief.

Hood said he will balance his normal duties with the new work load.

"I'm just grateful that I've been given this opportunity. I will work as hard as I can and do the best job that I can," Hood said.

His main task will be getting the department through the budget process, he said.

"I am familiar with how the city functions and I know what the council expects, so I'll continue to carry that forward," Hood said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:14 pm on Mon, Jan 30, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Jackson: Interim appointments have a way of lasting a long time.

    Town I moved from had an Interim police chief for five years.

    cheapest place to find a replacement is to hit the colleges. (I recommend the University of Idaho but I may be bias) I know from experience that these "kids" come out with big ideas and need a place to prove themselves, and are desperate for a job.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 6:03 pm on Mon, Jan 30, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Kevin, Mr Hood is the INTERIM manager.

    This is a very interesting selection, but if Rad has faith in Hood then I won't speculate too much. The bigger question is, How does the CoL find a Manager that has both Parks & Rec AND Cultural Services experience? And at a reasonable salary.

    I bet Bob Johnson is fuming.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 5:03 pm on Mon, Jan 30, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Good luck Mr Hood. I went to college for it so I know a little what you are in for, minus the politics.



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