By CRAIG FREILICH
POTSDAM – The joint town-village recreation committee has decided on a new recreation director.
Trey Smutz of West Stockholm will assume his duties as soon as he is confirmed by the village Board of Trustees. That is expected at their next meeting Monday, July 17.
Smutz will replace Tim Carey, who recently retired after 30 years supervising programs at the Pine Street Arena, Sandstone Park and Postwood Park.
“I think he’s a good fit,” Village Administrator Greg Thompson said. “He was a strong candidate, with lots of experience in business and recreation. He’s young and excited about it.”
Recreation Committee Chair and Town Councilor Rose Rivezzi agrees, noting that he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management, magnum cum laude, from SUNY Cortland and an MBA from Clarkson, and has worked as a ticket manager for a Syracuse hockey club and related jobs.
He has been working as a substitute teacher at Potsdam Central, for which he gets “rave reviews” from Superintendent Joann Chambers, and was considering pursuing a teaching degree when he heard about the opening in Potsdam’s recreation program, Rivezzi said.
He is also a West Stockholm volunteer firefighter and certified first responder.
His having left the area and returned “shows a real commitment to the community,” Rivezzi said.
Smutz was one of three candidates from the Civil Service list that applied for the job, and he was the standout, she said.