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Friday, January 23, 2009

City Taps Patterson as Recreational Services Director

City Manager Charlie Cabler has selected  Christopher T. (Chris) Patterson to be director of the city’s Recreational Services Department.

Patterson, a native of Toledo, Ohio, has worked in that department for seven and one-half years. Patterson is married and the father of three children.
 
As recreational services director, Patterson will oversee 89 city parks employees and will administer an annual budget of $7.1 million. The city currently has 28 parks that cover about 700 acres.
 
Patterson  was chosen over three other current city employees and will officially assume his duties on January 26.The position was recently vacated by Skip Keller.
 
In making the announcement, Cabler said “your performance during your tenure with our city has been of great value and deserving of your appointment.”
 
Source: City of Brownsville

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we know what his salary is going to be?

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope he keeps the parks going in the right direction! congratulations to him.

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what his salary is going to be? What is wrong with you people? Instead of congratulating a man who worked his way up the latter the right way using hard work and dedication, all you can do is ask what his salary will be? This town sucks!!

I would like to congratulate not only Mr Patterson but also Charlie Cabler for doing the right thing. There was talk that he was going to give it to another person who many believe did not deserve the position. Way to go Charlie and good for Brownsville!!

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not know the man, nor do I know of his qualifications. But, I have to say congratulations for the promotion and the trust that his superiors must have in him.

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the City Manager for hiring the right person for the job and not letting politics interfere. Looking forward to watching what level he takes the department to.

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patterson developed the Urban Youth Center which ended up winning the Texas Arts and Humanities award. He also volunteers his time coaching the Brownsville Bullets, a basketball team which successfully competes in regional, state and even national basketball tournaments. I am really glad that Mr. Cabler made this appointment as Mr. Patterson is sure to do a great job.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will he still be able to coach with his new duties as parks director? Paterson's new salary is important. We can only hope his salary isn't higher than appropriated in this fiscal year budget. It's our collective tax dollars. Since Cabler didn't choose Atkinson's buddy, does Cabler know something we don't?

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the other poster. Cabler appoints a great guy, and all you guys can do is ask about his salary? That crab barrel small minded mentality is whats holding this town back. If you want to make Mr. Paterson s salary, go work for it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patterson has been the manager of all of the projects at the Parks and Recreation Department over the past several years. Our organization has been working with him for all of our events and you could not find a more dedicated and hard working person. He has proven his worth and dedication. He is the best person to take over the department because he cares about our city. He is taking a vacant position, which means there will be no need to tap into the current fiscal year budget.

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This man's salary is public information. What's wrong with asking for it? As a matter of fact, the BH should do what the SA express did today and post all of the City employees' salaries. You'd be not only surprised but shocked at how much certain city employees make starting with Charlie down to department heads.

This is the link to what the SA express put together.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/San_Antonio_city_salaries.html

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(He is taking a vacant position, which means there will be no need to tap into the current fiscal year budget.)

So where's he getting paid from?

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing against Mr. Patterson. I am sure he is a nice person,but doesn`t Brownsville with a population way over 100,000 have a qualified person to do the job?

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does 100,000 have to do with it? Brownsville has only like 25 parks. Laredo a little larger than Brownsville has over 80 parks. Patterson was the manager (a.k.a. assistant director) for over 7 years and is most qualified for the job. Nice does not have anything to do with it.

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 parks doesn't sound right. Are you forgetting the golf course?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The golf course is not a park, but should be added as one. Call the Parks and Recreation office and they will tell you the information.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(He is taking a vacant position, which means there will be no need to tap into the current fiscal year budget.)

So where's he getting paid from?

He will get paid from THE VACANT POSITION THAT THE PREVIOUS DIRECTOR HAD. THE POSITION IS ALREADY BUDGETED FOR.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(He will get paid from THE VACANT POSITION THAT THE PREVIOUS DIRECTOR HAD. THE POSITION IS ALREADY BUDGETED FOR.)

It's from this current fiscal year budget and not kickbacks. Great. But is he getting paid less, equal, or more than Skip was? Skip had a lot of experience and probably picked up some raises. Shouldn't Patterson get paid less not equal to Skip considering Patterson just got the job? Or is it just part of the game were you grow and grow city government and don't trim the fat.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patterson should get paid at the minimum pay rate for the position of director. He will not make the same as Skip, but will make the minimum for that position. The position's minimum pay is based upon duties and responsibilities. It has nothing to do with the person. Only if they wanted to start at higher than minimum, would experience matter.

Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Patterson should get paid at the minimum pay rate for the position of director. He will not make the same as Skip, but will make the minimum for that position. The position's minimum pay is based upon duties and responsibilities. It has nothing to do with the person. Only if they wanted to start at higher than minimum, would experience matter.)

You still haven't answered the question. What's his pay relative to Skip Keller's salary before he retired?

Here's another question for you what was Skip's pay when he got here and compare that with Patterson's pay as director.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut up already with the pay questions. Sounds to me like someone is too concerned with it, and making it personal.

Comment on something that matters!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Shut up already with the pay questions. Sounds to me like someone is too concerned with it, and making it personal.

Comment on something that matters!)

The tread was over. It was so last week. Looks like someone is obsessed with not answering the questions about pay that they must claim personal attacks. There is nothing personal about asking questions about where our taxes are being spent. You still haven't answered the question. What's his pay? I bet it isn't the same as everyone thinks if you don't want to answer the question. Was there a bonus for the state award Patterson got?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to comment on this: Whatever his pay is, you can probably get it from city hall with public records. The parks are great and it will take someone who cares to ensure that they remain great. I think Patterson is the person that can do this. He has been the Manager for some years now and was the one responsible for overseeing the projects for the director. He worked with our board and helped us quite a bit. Hope he gets paid accordingly.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'The tread was over. It was so last week.'

You are so right!

Why don't you just call the person who works at the city who can answer your question, and stop wasting everyone's blog reading time with stuff only you care about.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does it matter? If he has proven to do a good job he should get compensated for it. Afterall, a person hired years ago compared to a person hired today shouldn't be making the same money. You still have to account for rise in the cost of living.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But won't it take two weeks to get them from City Hall? But why won't he or his very defensive worshipers just post it here. Look on the bright side, it will save the environment by not wasting the gas and increase Global Warming to go down to City Plaza. It's the Green thing to do.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only I care about? Wow. There a lot of people who care about where our money is funneled. If the commission agrees to the DHS demand on Thursday, the City is going to have to pay for new projects AND replace the temporary border fence with our money paying for an IBWC and DHS standard levee system in Brownsville. So questioning why I or anyone else for that matter wants to know Patterson's pay is important when looking at the bigger debt picture.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009  

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