Mayor Nutter and City Council members Blondell Reynolds Brown and Darrell Clarke just kicked off the application process for people interested in serving on the city's new Commission on Parks & Recreation. That new advisory board will set standards and guidelines for the new city Department of Parks and Recreation. Voters in November approved a city Charter change to create that department by merging the Department of Recreation with the Fairmount Park Commission.
Applications for the new commission's 15 posts -- with nine appointed by the mayor chosen from nominations provided by Council and six from existing city posts -- are due no later than March 9. The application can be found on the city's main Internet page.
Nutter had a good chuckle when asked if the process was being politicized because applicants have to be vetted in a City Council public hearing and then selected by the mayor. Previously, the city Board of Judges appointed Fairmount Park Commission members in what Nutter called a "Kremlin-like process."
"None of this has ever happened before," Nutter said of the public steps announced today. "I think this is a much more open and transparent process."