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Wampler leaving Rockwood parks, rec

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By The Staff

By CINDY SIMPSON

csimpson@roanecounty.com

Rockwood will be losing its longtime parks and recreation director.

Robin Wampler, who has served in the role since 2001, has decided to return to his career with Jerry Duncan Ford in downtown Harriman, where he was once employed for 16 years.

Wampler said his longtime friend, Marty Duncan, will soon take the helm of the dealership.

“It is something that took a long time for me to decide, because I really like working with the kids,” he said.

“It is a move I really think is best for me and my family.”

Wampler has been park and recreation director for roughly seven years.

He said he was first approached about the position shortly after Rockwood Mayor Mike  “Brillo” Miller took office in 2001.

“He came to me several years ago and asked me to think about it,” Wampler said.

Wampler replaced former director David Woods, who worked for the city several years.

The impact Wampler has made in the community has been noticed.

Over the years Wampler said he has worked to increase the usage of the sports complex, including booking large amounts of tournaments at the fields.

"I really enjoyed doing tournaments on weekends. It was enjoyable work. It wasn’t stressful stuff," Wampler said.

Miller agrees that Wampler has utilized that facility well.

"We weren’t using our complex like I thought we needed to use it. (Now) we are booked up year to year full of tournaments," Miller said.

He’s just done a remarkable job with it; there is no doubt about that, h Miller said.

Miller wishes that Wampler would stay, but he understands when opportunity calls.

"It is going to be such a loss to the community. Losing Robin Wampler overseeing the rec. department is a tremendous loss to the kids," Miller said.

Wampler is looking forward at a good opportunity, but he appreciates all that Rockwood has done for him.

Rockwood has been very very good to me. They’ve done nothing but treat me great, been great to work for, h Wampler said.

Wampler said his last day will be Thursday, Feb. 26.

With the tournament season drawing near, Rockwood doesn’t have much time to waste in looking for someone to fill Wampler’s role.

Miller said they have already begun the process to search for a new director.