Hood announces retirement
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Williamson County Parks and Recreation will be losing a longtime leader in November, as WCPR Director Doug Hood announced his retirement recently.
During a broadcast of WAKM AM 950 Radio’s Hometown Radio Show with Tom Lawrence, Hood made his future plans public.
“I’m ready to go on to something different after 34 years [in recreation management],” Hood said in a conversation after the show.
Hood, who grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla., graduated from Florida State University and then became director at the Palm Beach Garden.
He held the position for 11 years before heading to Tennessee where he landed a job as Williamson County Parks and Recreation director 23 years ago.
“My wife and I talked about it,” he said. “I want to go out when things are great. I’ve been fortunate to work with three great guys,” he said referring to retired County Executives Robert Ring and Clint Callicott, as well as County Mayor Rogers Anderson.
“I’m very excited about it. I’ve had several opportunities to leave but I have always loved it here. I’ll be 63 at the time [of retirement] and I am ready to go on to something different.”
He added that his decision is not related to any health issues. When asked about any future political plans, he said emphatically “I am not running for public office.”
To ease into retirement, Hood plans to work part time with Anderson on some county projects, such as the future senior citizens’ center and the community theater—both being planned for the Old Battle Ground Academy campus.
Hood said he and his wife Johnnie also want to spend more time with their two young granddaughters in South Carolina—their son’s children—as well as visit their daughter in Dallas.
“My wife and I hope someday to help out at the children’s hospital being built here,” he added. “Kids are a passion with me. I just feel like I want to contribute in other ways.”
Posted on: 1/16/2014