[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Newburgh 11-30-2005 by L.L. No. 13-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be in the Town of Newburgh a Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, the functions of which shall be to maintain and improve Town parks; operate the Town recreation program; conserve and maintain the Town's natural resources for the benefit of the residents of the town; implement the policies of the Town of Newburgh and such other functions which may hereafter and lawfully be assigned by the Supervisor and Town Board.
The executive head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation shall be the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, which office is hereby established. The Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation shall be vested with the authority, direction and control over the Department and shall have the power to assign subordinate officers and all other employees of the Department to their respective duties.
The Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Town Board. The Commissioner shall be selected on the basis of his or her administrative experience and qualifications commensurate with the duties of the office and be compensated at such salary as may, from time to time, be fixed by the Town Board.
The Commissioner shall have overall responsibility for the administration, management and supervision for the Town of Newburgh park system, and shall have the following powers and perform the following duties:
Provide professional supervision and control over the design, operation, maintenance and repair of Town parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and recreation and cultural centers, Town recreation programs and recreation activities and conservation of Town land placed under the Department's jurisdiction.
Plan, supervise and administer the operations, maintenance and improvement of the Town of Newburgh park system.
Promote park system utilization through active public relations programming.
Act as a liaison with the Recreation Advisory Board and Conservation Advisory Council.
Recruit, interview, recommend selection of and train Department personnel.
Attend professional conferences with prior approval of the Town Board to keep abreast of new procedures, programs and funding opportunities.
Assist with reservoir grounds security.
The Department of Recreation, as it presently exists, is hereby transferred in its entirety, including all property, equipment and budgetary appropriations, to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The employees of said Department shall be continued as employees in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, with the same classifications, pension and retirement rights and privileges as they had immediately prior to such transfer.
The Commissioner, only when specifically authorized to do so by the Town Board, may from time to time employ such additional persons, including special, technical, fiscal and legal consultants, as may be necessary in the discharge of his or her duties.