City of Brooksville Welcomes New Parks and Recreation Director

City of Brooksville Welcomes New Parks and Recreation Director

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on November 15, 2022

On November 3, 2022, the City of Brooksville’s new Parks and Recreation Director, David L. Howard, Jr., joined the city’s team. 

City of Brooksville Welcomes New Parks and Recreation Director

David comes with years of experience with Florida municipal government from both Panama City and Lynn Haven. He has worked in leadership positions in various departments including Sports and Athletics, Parks and Recreation, and Underground Utilities while holding the titles of Supervisor, Director, and Assistant Superintendent. David loves community involvement and is committed to enhancing life wherever possible. The son of educators, his goal to make a positive impact stem from his belief that the quality of life can always be improved and maximized by identifying the needs of the whole community. After cultivating teamwork, David believes planning, strategic problem solving, and hard work are the keys to success.  

A native of Daytona Beach, he graduated from Bethune Cookman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) with a minor in Mathematics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration. He also holds credentials from the Abrahams-Jones Academy for Leadership Excellence and a Certified layground Safety Inspector (CPSI). He is committed to lifelong learning and being a change agent amongst his colleagues. His professional journey includes Project Engineer, Educator, regional logistics, Division 1 Referee, and tutorial mathematics.  

David holds active membership in the Bay Chamber of Commerce, International City Managers Association (ICMA), Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA), National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA). He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and loves fishing, reading, playing paint ball and golf.  

His most recent accomplishments include being a presenter at the Florida Recreation and Parks Association 2022 and the National Recreation and Parks Association 2022. David was a standout presenter where he and his mentor Sean DePalma delivered research findings on “Bridging the Generational Gap through Effective Leadership”.  

On Monday, November 14, 2022, the City will be holding a Meet & Greet for residents and community partners at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Tom Varn Park, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.  This event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 PM with light refreshments being served and is open to the public. 

For information contact the City of at 352-540-3810 or 



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