Chris Bradford was named the new parks commissioner April 24 by a 3-0 vote of Batesville Parks and Recreation Board members.
The Batesville resident said, “For the past 15 years, I’ve been a self-employed brick mason, and I’ve spent that time working outside, but it was seasonal .... I was looking for something a little steadier through the year, but I didn’t want to get an inside job. I thought this job would be perfect, and I like to be a part of the community.
“It’s going to be quite a task when I first get in there, but I know there’s plenty of support around me.”
President Tim Hunter noted, “Your construction skills will certainly come in handy .... (and) I know you can work with people.”
Member Don Karbowski pointed out, “We’ve been lucky in the past to have good directors, and he’ll do a good job.”
Mayor Rick Fledderman added, “Chris brings a lot of talent to the position. Larry (Schutte) will continue to work with him, and they will continue to partner with the street department and other departments.”
Bradford announced, “I will use the skills I have right now and see how I can incorporate them. I did the murals in the intermediate school gym and have some ideas for Liberty Park. Also, with my masonry work, I see things that need to be repaired, and I can do that.
“At first, I’ll focus on these little things .... and then see what I can do to generate more money for the park.”
Bradford and wife Sarah have four children, Brooke, 17; Macy, 11; Lincoln, 9; and Quincy, 3. “My family and I are looking forward to starting this new chapter, and it feels really good.”
Fledderman revealed, “We will be looking for a new person to replace Chris on the park board.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.