Jayne Miller is resigning as superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to become president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Miller will start in Pittsburgh on Feb. 5.
Kiwanis Methow Park in Wenatchee, Wash., hosted a health festival in response to an assessment of the community's needs. Programs such as ParkRx can give residents a new reason to enjoy parks, writes Matthew Clarke of the Trust for Public Land.
Conserve Lake County and Openlands in Illinois are merging, which mirrors a US trend, says the Land Trust Alliance. The two groups have a history of collaboration.
The Glendale, Calif., City Council last week approved a master plan to complete work at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, which covers 709 acres near the San Gabriel Mountains. Renovations will be performed on a park center and the Le Mesnager Barn, which will be used for nature education.
South Carolina legislators were encouraged by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to look at buying St. Phillips Island, owned by Ted Turner. The barrier island would join Hunting Island State Park in the state parks system and recently was valued at $15 million, though the purchase price would be less than $5 million.
The city council of St. Clairsville, Ohio, has decided to use Belmont County's 9-1-1 dispatching services and eliminate the city's two full-time and six part-time dispatcher positions. The city plans to hire an additional full-time police officer with the savings.
New Hampshire said it will opt out of FirstNet, making it the first state to do so, and it has chosen Rivada Networks as its alternative vendor. "Rivada has proposed a plan that has the potential to provide immense value to our state, including unparalleled public safety infrastructure investments that will lead to unmatched and near universal coverage for the new public safety network," Gov. Chris Sununu said.
After first responders protested a proposal that would result in aggressive cuts to their retirement benefits, the Michigan House of Representatives passed benefit reforms that are closer to the recommendations of the Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force. The state Senate also voted in line with the recommendations.
A study of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers found that using body-worn cameras reduced the number of officers involved in use-of-force incidents by 37% and the number with a complaint filed against them by 30%. Body cams can also create savings by making complaint resolution simpler, the study found.
The Department of Health and Human Services held a two-day Code-a-Thon to focus on using data and technology to help address the opioid crisis. One of the winning teams came up with a way to track overdoses in a community in real time, so first responders and authorities know where to send resources.