Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has named Kurtis Baumgartner as the department’s assistant director. Baumgartner has worked with the agency for nine years and most recently served as the Monon Community Center director.

“We are thrilled to have Kurtis in this key leadership role,” said Michael Klitzing, director of CCPR. “Over the last decade he has exemplified our core values and helped the department move forward as an innovative and inclusive industry leader. As assistant director he will continue to be instrumental in guiding our continued success.”

As CCPR assistant director, Baumgartner is responsible for overall operations of the nationally accredited, Gold Medal award-winning park and recreation system. He will oversee recreation programs, facilities, including the Monon Community Center and The Waterpark, Extended School Enrichment (before and after school program), Summer Camp Series, park maintenance, volunteers, natural resources, marketing, and administration and planning.

Baumgartner, a Certified Park and Recreation Executive, has extensive park and recreation experience. He managed a $6 million budget for the MCC, which received a major facelift, maintained over 10,000 members, and led upward of 400 staff providing high-level services and sales to the community. According to PROS Consulting, LLC, a nationally recognized consulting firm, the MCC’s financial performance ranks in the top 1 percent of public facilities. 

“I’m truly honored to continue my work for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation as assistant director,” Baumgartner said. “Our department makes a positive impact every day, and I’m glad to be part of a team that serves the Carmel Clay community through our excellent facilities, parks and programs.”

Baumgartner holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing from Goshen College and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to his nearly 20 years in the field of parks and recreation, Baumgartner also served nine years in the United States Navy Reserve.