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Poloncarz appoints Troy Schinzel Erie County parks commissioner

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Wed, Jul 3rd 2019 12:25 pm

Former parks commissioner returns to position following retirement of Dan Rizzo

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced his appointment of Troy P. Schinzel to the position of commissioner of parks, recreation and forestry – a position Schinzel held from January 2012 until November 2015 when he resigned to accept a position with the Dallas Parks and Recreational Department.

Schinzel has extensive experience in parks and recreation leadership and management, counting 10 years of service to the Monmouth County (New Jersey) Park System (plus three years of service as county superintendent of fleet services), nearly four years as Erie County commissioner of parks, and three years of service in the Dallas Parks Department. Schinzel will succeed now-retired Parks Commissioner Daniel J. Rizzo, who left the position on June 30.

“It is my great pleasure to announce that former Commissioner Troy Schinzel has accepted an appointment to return to the position of Erie County commissioner of parks, recreation and forestry,” Poloncarz said. “Troy was an outstanding commissioner, who left the parks position to accompany his wife as she went to work in Dallas. Realizing the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere, they wished to come back to Erie County and now we are happy to have him back.

“There is a lot happening in our parks and, with the retirement of our last commissioner, we need someone in the position who is familiar with our parks, understands the parks’ master plan, and can get things done. We are pleased to welcome Troy back to the Erie County team and look forward to working with him to improve our parks for future generations.”

Schinzel said, “I am thrilled to be returning to the Erie County team and am looking forward to continuing the momentum that is happening in our beautiful parks thanks to the leadership of the Poloncarz administration.”

Schinzel will officially start later this month.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, visit http://www2.erie.gov/parks/.

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