Longtime City Employee Named Parks and Rec Director

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Roberta "Robbi" Hutton has been named the City of Williamsburg's director of parks and recreation. (Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)
Roberta “Robbi” Hutton has been named the City of Williamsburg’s director of parks and recreation. (Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

After 10 years with the City of Williamsburg’s Parks and Recreation Department, Roberta “Robbi” Hutton will take over as the department’s director.

City Manager Marvin Collins appointed Hutton, who will report to Deputy City Manager Jodi Miller, to the director position effective Monday.

In her new role, Hutton is responsible for the development, management and operation of the city’s park and recreation properties and oversees about 60 full-time and seasonal employees. She is also expected to work with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance to support sports tourism efforts.

“It is an honor to be selected as the Director of Parks and Recreation,” said Hutton, who is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association, as well as the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. “I look forward to continuing our legacy of providing outstanding parks, sports, recreation and wellness programs for the citizens of Williamsburg and the surrounding community.”

Hutton, who has been serving as the interim director since Lori Rierson retired at the end of July, began working for the city in 2005 after 15 years with the City of Hampton’s Parks and Recreation Athletics Division.

She is the recipient of the city’s 2007 Leadership Award and 2008 Excellence in Service Award.

Before coming to the city as a full-time employee, Hutton was familiar with Williamsburg’s Parks and Rec Department through her 15 years as a seasonal basketball and softball scorekeeper, as well as a softball umpire, for the city.

Hutton, who has a bachelor’s degree with a sports management concentration from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University, has worn many hats for the city’s Parks and Rec department. She joined the city as a specialist, worked as the facilities and grounds manager and was named deputy director in 2009.

“Robbi is an experienced and passionate recreation professional. She is a respected leader within her department, among City staff, and within her profession,” Collins said. “She is a solid addition to an experienced City management team that is dedicated to providing exceptional municipal services to the public.”