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Hall takes lead at city recreation department

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Colette Hall, right, the new director of the city of Roswell’s Recreation Department, speaks Friday during a ceremony to unveil a plaque honoring city officials and others involved in the construction of the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center. At left is Juanita Jennings, director of Public Affairs for the city. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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The city of Roswell welcomed a new director for the Recreation Department last week. Colette Hall started on the job Nov. 1, coming to Roswell from Texas.

“I have 25 years of municipality work in recreation and I was afforded the opportunity to retire. And I think I did it too soon,” she said.

“I just didn’t have enough to do, I really wasn’t ready to retire,” she said.

A native of Lubbock, she spent most of her career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As her husband, who works in construction, was nearing retirement, she said she decided to go back to work and they looked at moving west.

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“This opportunity came up and I felt like I could be a really good asset for the city, and it just kind of fell together,” she said.

She said her familiarity with the area plus being nearer to family was a big draw. She said talking with city officials like Juanita Jennings, director of public affairs, and City Manager Joe Neeb sold her on coming to Roswell, though.

Hall was formally introduced as director at a ceremony Friday at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center to unveil a plaque honoring the city council, staff and companies involved in the construction of the center, which Hall will be overseeing.

“We have some very high expectations and we feel confident that she will run this facility not only for the youth of Roswell but also for adults, people of all ages,” Juanita Jennings, director of Public Affairs, said.

“I have a great recreation staff that works here. They’re professional recreation leaders and we’re expecting big things in programming,” Hall said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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