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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Dec. 22, 2008


Goodyear names new Parks and Recreation Director


GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Dec. 22, 2008) – The city of Goodyear has named Michael Svetz as the new Parks and Recreation Director.

Svetz has more than 17 years of experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Master of Science in Sport Administration, both of which he earned from Miami University. He comes to us from Virginia where he has been the Director of Parks and Recreation since 2000, and is currently serving the City of Charlottesville and a population of 275,000. 


Svetz has been a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association since 1997.  He has served on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004.  He currently serves as the vice president of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, where he has been a member since 2004.  This year Svetz was nominated by the National Recreation and Parks Association for the National Professional of the Year Award.


Svetz was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area. His wife, Amy, is from the Cincinnati area. They have two children: nine-year-old Jack and seven-year-old Rachel. Svetz’s interests include baseball and golf.


Svetz will officially join the City of Goodyear in early 2009.







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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749