Board taps new CEO for Warren County Parks

Latham is former planning director with MetroParks of Butler County.

Warren County’s Board of Park Commissioners recently appointed a new chief executive officer to lead the Warren County Park District as part of the organization’s reorganization.

Matt Latham started May 22 in his new position to oversee the park district’s next phase of growth.

Latham comes to the Park District with 23 years of combined experience serving in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including more than 10 years in parks and recreation.

He most recently held the position of planning director at MetroParks of Butler County, where he excelled at leveraging grant funding to improve the park system and add connections to the region’s paved trail network, according to district officials, according to Ben Yoder, county park commission president.

Latham is a landscape architect and a graduate of The Ohio State University. He also serves on the local Natural Resource Assistance Council for the Clean Ohio Fund and is a past section chair of the Ohio Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects.

His new position will have a base salary of $114,500 plus a $500 monthly vehicle stipend, according to his contract.

“Parks and open space are a fundamental aspect of our community’s quality of life and economic competitiveness,” Yoder said. “Because of that, we are working to enhance the value that the Park District brings to Warren County. We see this new hire as part of fulfilling that mission.”

Latham succeeds Larry Easterly, who has served for 23 years as county parks director. Easterly will remain with the Park District in the new role of chief operating officer.

“Warren County Park District has laid a great foundation under Larry’s leadership and with our current and past Board members,” Latham said. “We’ve learned from the recent pandemic that parks and open space are not an optional add-on. Rather, they’re an essential community service. In this rapidly developing county, preserving our ability to access and engage with nature is increasingly important.

“I look forward to building relationships so we can work together to craft a vision for the park system and increase its value as a key contributor to our residents’ physical, mental, and economic health,” he said.

Warren County Park District is a county-wide park and green space provider, managing 1,721 acres in 14 parks across the county including its flagship parks, Armco and Landen-Deerfield. It is governed by a three-member volunteer Board of Park Commissioners, appointed by the county probate judge.

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