Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Under New Management

Jennifer Cirillo appointed director, Paul Connell new deputy director

Jennifer Cirillo – Director – Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation

PALM BEACH COUNTY – Boca Post ( – The Palm Beach County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced a new leadership succession, naming Jennifer Cirillo as the department’s new director.

The PBC Parks Department told Boca Post that Jennifer has served Palm Beach County for more than 18 years, the most recent 12 as Deputy Director of the PBC Parks Department. In this role, Jennifer successfully coordinated the department’s efforts related to strategic and succession planning, open space and corporate planning, accreditation readiness and operational best practices, and led the diversity, equity and inclusion assessment efforts that have laid the groundwork for years. come.

She is passionate about community building, environmental equity, and service through leadership – ideals she has promoted at the state and national levels. Jennifer was instrumental in the process that led to the department becoming back-to-back finalists in 2017 and 2018 for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management and winning the award in 2018. Since then, she has served on the National Gold Medal Award Committee, reviewing applicants from top agencies across the country.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree with a major in sports administration from Lynn University and earned her bachelor’s degree in international business from Florida Atlantic University. She has been a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) since 2010 and a Certified Parks and Recreation Director since 2020. Recently, she received the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s Achievement Award for Service to the Association and Parks , leisure and leisure services business.

Paul Connell - Deputy Director - Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation
Paul Connell – Deputy Director – Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation

Paul Connell, former director of special facilities at PBC Parks, assumes his responsibilities as assistant director. Paul has worked for the department since 1991, successfully directing several diverse areas of work and operating a variety of cultural and recreational services, including five golf facilities, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, three amphitheatres, concessions and events, bringing economic, health, environmental and social value to the community.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in public management, is CPRP certified, serves on the board of directors of the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Organizations, and volunteers with his family to give back in a meaningful way to our community.

This succession comes after the retirement of former director Eric Call on September 30, after 39 years of service.

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