Longtime Boulder recreation manager hired as Carbon Valley director

Longtime Boulder Parks and Recreation Department employee Dean Rummel will be leaving the city for the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District after being hired as its director, the district announced Thursday.

Rummel was selected out of a pool of 46 applicants for the Carbon Valley position, beating out the of Garden City, Kan.

“Over the last couple of years, our District has paused for some deep reflection and community engagement. This has propelled us to think about our future, our strengths, areas of improvement, and what kind of leader we need to accomplish the community‘s goals for recreation in the Carbon Valley,” Tracie Crites, CVPRD board president and Frederick trustee, said in a news release.

Rummel served the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department for more than 12 years and “came up through the ranks” to take the manager of programs and partnership position created in 2016, said Boulder Parks and Recreation communication specialist Denise White.

Prior to working in Boulder, Rummel had stints with YMCAs in Iowa and Missouri.

He is taking the role vacated by Ross Blackmer, who left CVPRD in January after four years leading the district.

Heather Hammarstrom served as interim director after Blackmer‘s resignation. She said Rummel‘s exact pay rate would not be publicly released without a formal records request, but that the job description advertised an annual salary between $95,000 and $105,000.

“I am excited for the opportunity to join the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District. Throughout my career, I have maintained high-performance standards within a diverse range of parks and recreation service functions and look forward to bringing my past experiences, leadership, and passion to the district,” Rummel said in the release. “I look forward to starting our journey together and collaborating with the many amazing people within the district in identifying and growing the district‘s culture, goals, and vision.”

The CVPRD is about 45 square miles and includes Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and rural areas of southwest Weld County. The district manages the 50,000-square-foot , as well as a Gymnastics and Senior Center across the street.