Lieber, original TOPS head, back with city
Chris Lieber, who had directed City Parks' Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program since it started in 1997 but resigned in May 2010, returned last week.
“It feels good. I'm excited to be back,” he said in an interview. “I have a passion for parks, trails and open space and serving the community, and I guess it shines as bright as did in '97.”
According to Kurt Schroeder, co-director of the Parks Department, Lieber “will have a job very similar to what he was doing previously,” which will include managing TOPS and leading the master plan effort for the Westside's Red Rock Canyon, White Acres and Section 16 open spaces.
Lieber had left the city for Kezziah-Watkins, which contracts as a facilitator for community issues around the country. The firm is contracted in the Red Rock master plan effort, which started last fall but was put on hold in November.
Lieber said he liked the facilitator work, “but I felt a call to be in public service. I guess it's a big part of who I am. I really enjoy working with different friends groups and the community, and this gives me an opportunity to do that.'
The job opening was created when Sarah Bryarly, who had taken over the TOPS job when Lieber left, announced she was stepping down in November to spend more time with her child, less than a year old. (However, she has since returned to the city on a part-time, two-days-a-week basis, Schroeder said.)
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