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Posted on: June 2, 2022

Matthew Johnson Named Roseville Parks and Recreation Director

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On June 3, 2022, Matthew Johnson will officially serve the City of Roseville as the new Parks and Recreation Director. Johnson will replace Lonnie Brokke, who recently announced his retirement after serving Roseville for 32 years.

Johnson has been with Roseville since 2013 and has held a variety of roles with the City. In 2018, Johnson was promoted to the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director.

Over the past four years, Matt has gained a thorough understanding of the Department’s operations from top to bottom,” says City Manager Pat Trudgeon. “Beyond Department specific work, Matt has been a key contributor to Roseville’s race equity work, serving on various cohorts and strategy teams over the years.

Prior to joining Roseville, Johnson worked for the University of Minnesota in a variety of recreational and facility management roles for 10 years. Matt has an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.  Matt is also a certified Park and Recreation Professional and is active with the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.  

Johnson will oversee the Department’s programs and services and is excited to lead the Department in exploring new ways to ensure that all have access to the City’s award-winning parks and recreational programs. 

I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity,” says Johnson, “Roseville has a top-notch parks and recreation system, and a community that is supportive and passionate about parks. I’m excited to continue to engage with the community, learn more and evolve to ensure that all of Roseville are experiencing the many benefits of parks and recreation services.

The City is planning to do a full recruitment to fill the vacant Assistant Parks and Recreation Director position and will welcome internal and external candidates to apply.

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