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City parks department hires two administrators to key posts


The overhaul of the Baltimore Parks Department continued with the hiring of two administrators to key posts.

Roslyn Joy Johnson, a former teacher, is the new chief of the recreation division and Chris T. Delaporte, who was head of parks and recreation for the city in the 1980s, will lead the parks division.

Johnson, 29, who was regional director for a Florida-based company called StudyWorks, which prepares students for the SAT test, replaced longtime administrator Zenobia McLendon, 54, on Sept. 4. McLendon resigned in late July after 30 years of service.

The city Board of Estimates last week approved the hiring of Delaporte, who was chief of parks and recreation for the city from 1984 to 1988, to serve under acting Parks Director Kimberley Amprey. Delaporte will oversee all parks maintenance and assume other areas of responsibility.

Amprey welcomed the changes, saying that the hiring of Delaporte and Johnson to two of the department's most important positions would improve the quality of recreation programs, maintenance of the parks and responsiveness to citizens' complaints.

Also last week, Amprey accepted the resignation of Annette Stenhouse, the public information officer for the parks department. Stenhouse's replacement has not yet been named.

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