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    Wednesday, December 07, 2022

    Management changes announced for Norwich Recreation Department

    Norwich ― The Recreation Department will undergo a management change beginning Monday when the program becomes part of the Youth and Family Services division of the city Human Services Department.

    Recreation was added to the Human Services Department several years ago but had its own director. With that position vacant, City Manager John Salomone announced that starting Monday, Recreation will merge with Youth and Family Services, headed by division Manager Erin Haggan. The two programs share space at the Recreation Department at 75 Mohegan Road.

    Robert Kilpatrick, recreation program coordinator for the past four years, will continue in his role, Salomone said in a news release announcing the changes.

    “This restructure will allow for better coordination of city-wide adult, youth, and family programming, consolidation of administrative functions, creation of a new program coordinator position, and for an increase in services provided to Norwich residents,” the news release stated.

    Haggan said she is excited at the dual role, saying it would integrate programs designed to “improve the physical, social, and emotional health of our adults, youth, and families.”

    Haggan said merging the departments should expand access and “have a greater impact on our city.”

    The Human Services Department also is without a full-time director, as Tara Booker announced in summer she plans to resign and would reduce to part-time pending appointment of a new director. Salomone said interviews have been conducted and an announcement is expected shortly on a new director.

    c.bessette@theday.com

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