A longtime parks and recreation worker who has headed the City of Gastonia’s Parks and Recreation Department since 2018 is planning to retire.
Cam Carpenter will retire on December 1st after more than 30 years in local government, including many years with the City of Cramerton early in his career. He will be replaced by Tripp White, who will take up his new duties on November 5 and has worked for the city of Gastonia for 16 years.
“Cam’s assertiveness and years of experience have been an asset to our city and he will be missed,” said Melody Braddy, deputy city manager, in a statement released by the city. “He grew up in this community and has had such a positive impact on Gastonia and Gaston County.”
Carpenter grew up in Gastonia and began his recreational career at the age of 15 as a scorer and member of the field crew for the Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department. A graduate of Appalachian State University, he was on the staff of the Cramerton Park Department for 25 years.
In 2016, Carpenter was appointed Associate Director of the Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department and was promoted to Director in March 2018. Carpenter was instrumental in several major projects during his tenure, including CaroMont Health Park, Linwood Springs Park, and many other renovations and remodeling projects across the city.
White will oversee nearly 100 full and part-time employees in the areas of recreation and sports, landscape maintenance, special events manager and the city’s arborist. Prior to his promotion, White was an associate director of Parks and Recreation.
“I am very grateful to be following in my predecessor’s footsteps and look forward to working with our community, our Mayor and City Council, and the city’s leadership team to continue to improve the quality of life for all. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Gastonia,” said White.
“We are pleased to promote Mr. White to this position because he knows our city and cares about our parks and recreation facilities and the citizens and guests who use them,” said City Manager Michael Peoples. “He will be instrumental in executing our master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department.”
The Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains more than 15 parks, two swimming pools, two wading pools, five community recreation centers, seven cemeteries, a skeet and trap area, and Rankin Lake Park for fishing, paddle boating, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. Activities . Learn more about the city’s Greens and Recreation Department here.
White’s new position will increase his salary from $105,115 to $128,500 per year.
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