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A New Parks & Recreation Director for Asheville

After a national search, Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell welcomes D. Tyrell McGirt as the city’s Parks & Recreation Director. McGirt succeeds Roderick Simmons, who retired after 14 years.

McGirt’s first day will be Jan. 24.

McGirt comes to Asheville from his latest assignment as Parks & Recreation Director for Pelham, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. During his time in Pelham he increased gender and racial diversity of new hires by 50%, led the department through a community needs and strategic planning process, and re-established the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Before that, McGirt served as Parks & Recreation Director for the Town of Marana, Arizona.

McGirt has roots in North Carolina, having earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. He earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska in Juneau.

“I have had some amazing opportunities over the course of my career, but none more exciting than returning home to North Carolina to do what I love,” McGirt said. “Parks, trails, recreation programs, and facilities have the ability to transform communities and improve the quality of life for all citizens. I look forward to joining the Parks & Recreation team and getting involved in the Asheville community.”

“In D. McGirt, Asheville has found a Parks & Recreation director with not only a passion for athletics, sports and community but also someone driven to incorporate diversity and inclusion into his processes,” said Campbell. “That’s a great fit for where we are headed as a City.”

John Ledford, New Major at Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Quentin Miller welcomed John Ledford as the new Major at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Ledford previously served as the Sheriff of Madison County, 1998 to 2009, and the director for the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, 2009 to 2013.

Captain Ledford has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and began his career as a Deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

“Major Ledford has worn a lot of different hats in law enforcement, and having served as a Sheriff and as head of a statewide agency he brings significant leadership and management experience to the job. Those skill-sets have served the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office well in his most recent role of running CID over the past year,” Miller. said

Ledford is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI-LEEDA Carolina Command College, the United States Department of Justice DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, the American International Polygraph Institute and the National Center for Credibility Assessment Senior Examiners School.

He also holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from both the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.

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