City of Concord California

News Release

November 23, 2015

New Concord Parks & Recreation director selected

Concord Parks Manager Steve Voorhies has been selected to replace Joan Carrico as the City's next Parks and Recreation Director. Carrico is retiring at the end of the year after 10 very successful years with the City.

Voorhies began his Concord career in the Parks & Recreation Department, so the new position represents a homecoming of sorts. He started working for the City in 1997 as the Director of Camp Concord and served as a Parks & Recreation Program Manager from 2001 to 2004. He was promoted to Senior Program Manager in 2005 where he remained until he moved to the Public Works Department in 2012 as Parks Manager.

"Steve launched many new programs and has served on dozens of inter-departmental teams in his 18 years with the City," said City Manager Valerie Barone. "He has shown great initiative and creativity in addressing numerous challenges over the years, and I know he will bring those skills to his new position as director of the Parks & Recreation Department. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."

Voorhies is proud to carry on a legacy of delivering essential programs and services that have a direct impact on the quality of life in the City of Concord, where he was raised.

"Concord has a wide range of successful recreational amenities including community centers, a diverse park and open space system, and regional attractions like the Concord Pavilion and Camp Concord. It will be an honor to work with our dedicated team of professionals and partners to maximize those resources and influence a positive future in our community," said Voorhies.

For more information about Concord's Parks & Recreation Department, visit the City's website,

Steve Voorhies

City of Concord CA