ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (July 5, 2011) – Roanoke County leaders are preparing in advance for next year’s retirement of longtime and well-known Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Pete Haislip. Next month, Doug Blount will begin work as an Associate Director under Haislip, who will retire on March 1, 2012. During his six months as Associate Director, Blount will begin transitioning to the role of department director.
Roanoke County conducted a nationwide search for Haislip’s replacement. The County received approximately 70 applications for the position. The pool was then narrowed to four finalists. Roanoke County Administrator Clay Goodman was among the panel of seven that selected Blount for the position. “Roanoke County’s department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism plays a critical role in maintaining the high quality of life that our citizens enjoy. After a nationwide search, we’re excited to announce the selection of Doug Blount as the newest member of Roanoke County’s administrative team. The selection committee was impressed by his rich background and years of experience in parks and recreation management. I’m certain that Doug will continue to build on the department’s strong reputation as a provider of the quality leisure services and outstanding natural areas that our residents depend on.”
Blount has more than 16 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation, most recently as the Recreation Operations Director for the Prince William County Park Authority in Manassas, VA. Blount was responsible for the operations and programming of Prince William County’s parks, recreation centers, community centers, outdoor pools, and waterparks. He also served as an inaugural board member for the Prince William County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia in 1996, Blount worked for the Town of Jonesborough in Tennessee.
Blount grew up in the Roanoke area and is a graduate of William Byrd High School. He has a Bachelors in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University. Blount and his wife Melissa have two children ages six and nine. Pete Haislip says he’s happy that Roanoke County has chosen a person with Blount’s knowledge and experience. “We have a great staff and wonderful facilities already in place. I know Doug will continue to move the department forward.”
Blount’s first day with Roanoke County is August 8.