Citing his leadership and strategic thinking, Superintendent Vincent Martorello has promoted Michael Wargo to deputy superintendent of Willamalane Park and Recreation District.
Wargo, who joined the district in 2016, previously served as assistant superintendent of recreation, strategic planning and resource development.
As deputy superintendent, Wargo’s job responsibilities will expand, including the management of a newly formed marketing and communications department. He will assist the superintendent in tracking local, state and federal issues, along with becoming involved with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association and United Front lobbying effort. In the superintendent’s absence, Wargo will serve as acting superintendent.
Martorello said Wargo has made an immediate impact on the organization by boosting revenue, finding efficiencies and cost savings, reorganizing departments, and, most recently, overseeing the Community Needs Assessment Survey.
“Michael’s background and demonstrated ability to think strategically positions him well to fulfill the responsibilities of deputy superintendent,” Martorello said.
Wargo said he is looking forward to his new duties and feels privileged to be associated with such a respected organization as Willamalane.
”Willamalane is fortunate to have such a supportive board, superintendent and community. In my new role I look forward to continuing to serve the Springfield community while increasing our outreach, marketing and services. We boast a great team of dedicated recreation professionals, and I am proud to support them as deputy superintendent,” he said.
A certified recreation and park professional, Wargo has over 25 years’ experience in athletics, parks and recreation. Prior to joining Willamalane, he served as executive director of Coquille Parks and Recreation in Louisiana, and deputy director of the Mercer County Park Commission in New Jersey. He was also associate director of athletics for Rider University.
Wargo has a master’s degree in education and sports management, and a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation.