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Brackman 'excited' about recent appointment to parks board

Monday, December 29, 2008

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Todd Brackman was all smiles while being sworn into his position on The Brazil City Parks Board Monday.

He said he was excited about his new position, which was vacated by Brad Deal.

"It is a real honor to serve with the people already on the board," Brackman said.

He and wife, Crystal, have two children, Chance, 15, and Ryan, 9.

They moved from Dallas, Texas, to Cory in 2001, four years later, moved to their current home in Brazil.

He is employed as the System Manager for Avenue Broadband Communications, Inc., and has always wanted to be involved with the parks board.

"About two years ago, I talked to members on the board about the process," he said. "When I heard Brad was leaving, I set up a meeting with the (Mayor Ann Bradshaw) and explained why I wanted on."

When selecting a person for a position (IC 36-10-3-4-a) the mayor appoints the members to the board and they are appointed on the basis of their interest and/or knowledge of parks and recreation with no more that two members of an affiliated political party and a resident of the district.

So when Deal left the spot for a Democrat to take the seat, Brackman jumped at the chance and Bradshaw was happy to oblige.

"Someone on the board mentioned him to me," she said. "After talking with him and other members on the board, I think he will be an excellent addition and do a great job."

"The community appreciates the work that (Deal) has done," Brackman said. "I would like to continue that work with the board and (Supt. of Parks) Bill Houck by making sure the parks are continually maintained and taken care of for future generations."

Brackman attends his first meeting as a board member Jan. 7, 2009, at Brazil City Hall.

"We (the board) are delighted he was chosen to fill the position," President Caroline McCullough said to The Brazil Times. "We welcome him with open arms and look forward to working with him."

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Best of luck to you Todd! I am sure you will do a great job!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Dec 30, 2008, at 7:19 AM

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