Marco Island City Manager Steve Thompson named Bryan Milk, 47, to the position of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Marco Island Tuesday afternoon. The promotion for Milk from city planner to parks and recreation director brings with it an approximate 15 percent salary increase, according to figures released by City Clerk Laura Litzan Monday .
“Bryan’s leadership and positive nature is a fine addition to the management team,” said City Manager Steve Thompson in a prepared release.
Milk has lived on Marco Island since 1998 and been employed by the city of Marco Island since 1999. He earned $78,810 per year as a planner and will earn $90,631.50 as director, Litzan said. A benefits package up to 30 percent above the base salary is also included for department directors.
In his decade career with the city, Milk has served as the Acting Community Development Director twice and until Tuesday as the Acting Parks and Recreation Director.
Milk replaces former Parks and Recreation Dana Souza who resigned from the city to take a job in Greenville, S.C. Souza earned about $98,000 annually.
"Milk's leadership is well received by his co-workers and the team of directors at the city. Milk’s tenure with the city and history of planning is an important key in further development of the Parks and Recreation Department,” Thompson said
MIlk holds a Bachelors of Arts in geography with a minor in business management. He has coached various football and baseball teams on Marco Island; he has been instrumental in developing youth activities in Collier County, specifically Marco Island for the past fourteen years, according to the release by Public Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass Tuesday.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity and am lucky to have a great staff to work with,” Milk said. “I am looking forward to pulling all of the interests together and working toward providing coordinated recreational opportunities for all citizens.”