Woodstock has named Marietta Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Services Michael Huffstetler as its new parks and recreation director, the city announced Monday.

Huffstetler will assume his new role June 26 at an annual salary of $95,210.

“Throughout the hiring process, Michael’s track record of effective leadership in parks and recreation was demonstrated and his commitment to creating a great live-work-play community is apparent,” Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon said.

Huffstetler had been with Marietta since 2017 and during his tenure the city opened the new $7.5 million Franklin Gateway Sports Complex and the $3.5 million Elizabeth Porter Park.

Prior to joining the city of Marietta, Huffstetler managed the U.S. Navy’s recreation complex on Lake Allatoona.

“I believe each community is unique,” Huffstetler said. “I believe in continuous improvement and learning, ongoing assessment and community engagement, involving the citizens and elected leaders to guide the work we do in parks and recreation.”

Huffstetler succeeds Preston Pooser who led Woodstock’s recreation department for more than a decade. Pooser left for a job in Deerfield Beach, Florida in April to be closer to family members.

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