A former NFL football player who has worked for the City of Temecula since 1991 will be the new director of the new county Community Services Department.
Herman Parker was appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, and will take over the newly created department — which merges Parks & Recreation, Housing and Community Development, the Human Services Commission, the Arts Commission, and the Library Advisory Committee — when he starts in mid-November. The consolidation was approved by the supervisors in April to enhance efficiencies and save roughly $500,000.
Before his job as director of community services for Temecula, Parker worked for the City of Riverside and the County of Los Angeles. He also played briefly in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills.
County CEO Chandra Wallar said in a statement that Parker is a well-accomplished public servant with an excellent reputation. “He will bring a unique blend of talents and skills to the position which mirrors the unique needs of the new department,” she said.