CHESHIRE — Josh Medeiros, a parks and recreation director from Canton, will lead the town’s recreation department beginning next month.
Medeiros, a Bristol resident, was appointed by Town Manager Michael Milone after the retirement of Bob Ceccolini, who oversaw parks and recreation for more than two decades.
“He was certainly the most qualified, he had the broadest experience, he had extensive education,” Milone said. “He’s had very, very successful experiences in Canton and Bristol.”
Medeiros said he’s always had his eye on Cheshire and was impressed with the town’s recreation department. Ceccolini’s long tenure was encouraging to him.
“I know Cheshire is a really great community,” he said.
Medeiros, who served as aquatics director in Bristol, said the town was fortunate to have the community pool.
“It’s definitely a gem...We don’t have something like that in Canton,” he said.
Medeiros will be paid $88,000.
Ceccolini’s retirement prompted a reorganization of his department. Parks maintenance was moved to the Public Works Department and a parks foreman position was eliminated following a retirement. Milone said the recreation director and deputy director’s jobs were consolidated.
The moves helped save the town money, he said.
One of Medeiros’ tasks will be to review recreation department offerings.
“He’s going to go in and reevaluate all our programs,” Milone said. “There are programs that aren’t paying for themselves, should we continue offering them?”
Medeiros said he’ll do that after feedback from recreation staff and a community survey.
“The town is looking for a fresh set of eyes to take a look at what’s going well, what could be retired, what’s not going so well,” he said. “There are a lot of long-standing staff with the town that I’m sure have a lot of great ideas.”
Lou Zullo, the town’s human resources director, said Medeiros’ application stood out immediately from the 38 other applicants. A panel of recreation directors from area towns, including Dave Lapreay from Southington, helped narrow the applicants for interviews with Milone.
Zullo said Medeiros is in several professional organizations and stays current on trends in recreation.
“He’s worked up from various positions in recreation to a director’s position.” Zullo said. “He’s enthusiastic, he’s got some innovative things he’s been involved with.”