Glenn Parker will rejoin the City of Aikenís staff, after retiring as director from the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in May.

Parker posted to his LinkedIn account during the weekend he will come back to the City, but this time as the operations manager overseeing Capital Project Sales Tax projects.

City Council voted unanimously last month to create the position. The position focuses primarily on Parks, Recreation and Tourism projects, as well as providing Council and staff with updates on progress and expenditures.

The starting salary for the position was announced to be between $50,000 and $62,000, depending on the applicantís experience.

Parker previously spent 30 years with the City of Aiken. He joined the City as the assistant director of parks and recreation in 1984, before moving up to the directorís seat, where he managed the department for roughly 12 years. Parker was in charge of hiring employees, monitoring the budget and overseeing capital projects.

Parker told theAiken Standard in May that he wasnít exactly retiring Ė more like transitioning.

ďIím not really retiring,Ē Parker told the Aiken Standard. ďIíve got one child in college now, and then another going next year, so Iíll have two kids in college who both want post graduate degrees, and to go to medical school. Iím too young and too poor to quit doing anything.Ē

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.