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Parks and Recreation welcomes new district secretary


November 01, 2013
Although Sue Richmond just started as district secretary of the Valley Center Parks and Recreation District in August, she is no stranger to Valley Center. Living in Valley Center for 27 years, as well as working as office administrator at the VC Chamber of Commerce for six years, Richmond is excited to tackle some new projects at Parks and Rec.

"I just like to see all the community get together," said Richmond. "We need things to keep everybody here rather than going down the hill for different reasons. People in Valley Center need to use Valley Center and frequent Valley Center businesses.

With the guidance of Doug Johnsen, general manager, Richmond hopes to organize more events such as community yard sales. She also wants to make the Parks' website more interactive.

"We really want to update out website and make it user-friendly, have more information on it," she said. She wants to include links on the website of all the organizations that use Parks' facilities regularly so that people can easily learn more about them and the events they have planned.

Richmond is still acclimating to that new-job learning curve, but she's starting to get the hang of the way everything works at the district. One point of frustration has been all the regulations involved with working for a public agency.

"It just seems like there's a lot of red tape to get anything accomplished," she said. "I guess that's how cities and counties and all government agencies work."

Regardless of the challenges, Richmond is enjoying working with Johnsen so far.

"Getting to know Doug has been a pleasure. He's very, very easy to work for," she said. Richmond has also been impressed with the many projects Johnsen juggles and all the people he has to answer to. "I personally didn't realize how much was on his plate until I started working here, which I kind of feel for him."

Born in Germany, Richmond moved to the U.S. in the 1960s and became a naturalized U.S. citizen six years ago. Her husband, Fran, is a retired contractor, now doing consulting work. She has two sons, Dustin and Sam, and a daughter, Lacey, who is engaged to be married next June.

In her free time, Richmond enjoys shopping and working on the statistics for the Valley Center High School Volleyball program.

"I just have a really good network of friends that I've had for the last 20 some-odd years up here," she said. "We just like to get together on a regular basis for lunch and shopping and just hanging out."

Richmond is replacing Roxanne Carlson, the previous district secretary at Parks and Rec, who is enjoying spending some more time with her grandchildren. Richmond will be at the district office on Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"If anybody has any great ideas of wants to do anything, they're more than welcome to present it," said Richmond. "If we can possibly do it, we will."

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