ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman has promoted two parks and recreation officials to higher positions.
Parks and Recreation Department director Sherry McBee will become the city's administrator of leisure services. Assistant director Michael Jefferis will become parks and recreation director.
McBee "is incredibly qualified, and her background has prepared her to lead the leisure services team," Kriseman said in a statement. H1e praised Jefferis for stepping up "to lead the efforts in a department that is highly visible, and very important to the citizens of St. Petersburg."
McBee, 61, began working for the city in 1974, became recreation director in 1983 and added responsibility for the city's Parks Department in 2010.
Kriseman is in the process of restructuring what was known as the city's Leisure and Community Services Administration and its leader, longtime city official Clarence Scott, is leaving City Hall. Some functions of that department will now fall under Mike Dove, director of Neighborhood Affairs.