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Posted on: October 5, 2022

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: City of Brookings Parks, Rec & Forestry Director Resignation & New Search for next

City of Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Resignation & New Search for the next Director

Brookings, SD – The City of Brookings received the resignation of Dusty Rodiek as the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director, effective October 14th.  Over the past three (3) years, Dusty has led the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, fostering the growth of the department’s employees, programming, and community involvement. Accomplishments under his leadership include the attainment of grants and committed donations for trails, a new dog park, new playground equipment, a Park Masterplan, Derecho clean-up, and so much more.  Dusty implemented and oversaw major investments in park facilities, neighborhood development, trails, and strategic financial planning. This commitment will ensure parks, recreation, and forestry will always take priority in Brookings.

When asked about his time in Brookings, Dusty commented “I have enjoyed my time in Brookings and am proud of what the department has accomplished during my tenure. Our successes are largely a result of the dedicated team of people that I was fortunate enough to work with. I truly wish Brookings all the best.”  

City Manager Paul Briseno understands Dusty’s desire to work closer to his home (north of Watertown), but said, “I will miss his commitment to the organization, community, and Parks, Recreation and Forestry employees.  Dusty is an exceptional leader and advocates for parks, recreation, and forestry.  He personally and professionally aligned with Brookings vision, mission, and values.”  The City Manager commented, “The national search for the next Director will commence shortly.  As one of the top three funded departments, Parks, Recreation and Forestry is critical to the exceptional quality of life attained in Brookings, and therefore the search for the right candidate will be critical.”

To find out more about this opening, please go to the Career Opportunities link on the City of Brookings website at


For media inquiries and information regarding the information contained within this press release, please contact Sherry Fuller Bordewyk, public information officer with the City of Brookings at

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