Source: Cincinnati Business Courier
By: Bill Cieslewicz
Former Great Parks of Hamilton County CEO Takes on New Role
The former CEO of Great Parks of Hamilton County has landed a new position in Greater Cincinnati.
Jack Sutton has contracted with One Dearborn, the economic development organization for Dearborn County, to conduct a “State of the Trails” report in the Southeast Indiana county of 50,000 people in 2020. The partnership is a big step toward the improvement and creation of trails within Dearborn County and their connection into neighboring counties.
“Having a strong network of multi-use trails that connect people and communities will ensure Dearborn County remains a great place to live, work and play,” Sutton said in a release.
Sutton, a resident of Dearborn County, retired in May 2019 following a 20-year career with the award-winning public park system. He was succeeded by Todd Palmeter, chief of planning
Prior to serving as CEO, Sutton held positions including park planner, planning director and deputy director. Sutton also served as chairman of the Hamilton County Natural Resources Assistance Council, and on the boards of Green Umbrella, a sustainability alliance dedicated to the environmental health and vitality of the region, and the Tri-State Trails Committee. Sutton is also a committee member helping with the formation of the Ohio River Recreation Trail.
The "State of Trails" report will give Dearborn County’s local governments as well as non-profits and businesses with interests in trails a common document from which to continue and enhance their trails planning and implementation efforts.
It may also become a first step toward development of a Comprehensive Trails Master Plan for Dearborn County. Having such a master plan in place would allow those entities to check off a key qualification for obtaining grant funding.
Great Parks of Hamilton County, a system of 17 parks and nature preserves, was created in 1930 as the Hamilton County Park District.
Its mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.