Ray Holloway Jr.
Ray Holloway Jr.

Brookhaven’s first parks and recreation director will join the city on Jan. 13.

The city has hired Ray Holloway Jr. of Clinton, Miss. to take over the management of Brookhaven parks.

Holloway has more than 20 years of parks and recreation management experience, city officials said.

“We chose to work with Mr. Holloway because of his vast experience. His insights will prove invaluable to us as we continue to build Brookhaven’s parks and recreation department from the ground up,” Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett said.

Holloway currently serves as the parks and recreation director in Clinton.. He also is the president of the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association. In the past, he has served as president of the Mississippi Senior Olympics and as an administrator with the Mississippi Soccer Association.

Holloway has bachelor’s degrees in physical education and abnormal psychology from Mississippi State University. He also graduated from the National Recreation and Parks Association Directors’ School.

The city is preparing to begin a master planning process for parks and recreation. Holloway will be tasked with helping outline future growth and policies for the parks. He will also oversee daily operations for maintenance and park activities.