The Carmel Clay Board of Parks and Recreation has appointed Michael W. Klitzing as director of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Klitzing has served as the chief operating officer for CCPR since 2004 and will assume the role of director immediately. He replaces Mark Westermeier, who retired at the end of 2018.
“Michael is a proven leader with a great vision for the future,” said Richard F. Taylor III, CCPR board president. “Our parks, facilities and programming are assets to our community. I look forward to seeing how Michael continues to move the department forward through innovation.”
As director, Klitzing will be responsible for the overall operations of CCPR. He will serve as a member of the City of Carmel Technical Advisory Committee, which reviews all technical aspects of proposed development before presentation to the Plan Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals. Klitzing will represent CCPR in planning efforts with other local units of government serving the Carmel community such as the White River Vision Plan and Carmel Clay School’s Expedition program.
Klitzing, a Certified Park and Recreation Executive, has extensive experience as a leader in the parks and recreation field. Under his leadership, CCPR has grown significantly, obtained national accreditation, and earned numerous awards and recognition for its excellence in management and innovative facilities and programs.
“I am honored to continue serving the residents of Carmel and Clay Township in my new capacity as director,” Klitzing said. “Along with our tremendous and dedicated staff, I am thrilled to be part of CCPR’s very bright future as we work together to provide impactful, innovative, and sustainable parks and recreation services for our community.”