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Turner named Parks and Rec. director

COVINGTON, Ga. – Ternard Turner, CPM, was introduced as Newton County’s new Parks and Recreation Director at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Turner comes to Newton County with nearly 20 years’ experience in recreation and leisure services management. He most recently served as Parks and Recreation Division Manager for the City of South Fulton Parks and Recreation Department. 

County Human Resources Director Amanda Shoemaker said Turner was selected after a national search that yielded an original pool of 15 applicants.

Shoemaker said seven of the 15 were selected for interviews and two of the seven were shortlisted for second interviews.

“The second round of interviews consisted of the two candidates giving a 10-minute presentation to the recreation board members as well as answering a series of questions to showcase their knowledge and skill and ability to perform in the position,” she said.

“After those interviews, one person was left and that was Ternard Turner.”

The Atlanta native and North Carolina Central University graduate told commissioners he’s ready to get to work. 

“The staff has greeted me with open arms. I love the facilities,” he said. “I’m just excited to be here and I’m ready to get to work. I can assure you we’re going to do great things in Parks and Rec.”