Perry Vetter has been hired as the City of Edina’s new Parks & Recreation Director. He will begin work in Edina June 10.
Vetter is currently the Assistant City Manager for the City of Minnetonka. He began his career with the City of Minnetonka in 1998, when he was hired as a Recreation Program Manager. He held a number of positions in recreation, including administration of the City’s $7.5 million voter-approved park renewal bond program to develop and improve parks, trails and natural resource management areas. He also managed a $1.2 million budget for recreation services programming that served 35,000 participants.
In 2005, Vetter moved to Minnetonka’s Department of Public Works, where he continued leading the parks renewal program and managed the Parks & Trails Division. This included managing 12 full-time and 18 part-time employees to manage 50 park locations, 80 miles of trails and more than 1,000 acres of public land, as well as 14 community buildings. In addition to managing an operating budget of $2.5 million, Vetter implemented capital improvement projects for the parks and trails and for municipal buildings to improve energy efficiency. He also co-chaired the Public Works Labor-Management Committee and assisted with union contract negotiations. He also served as the Public Works liaison to the Minnetonka Park Board and to the Minnetonka City Council.
Vetter capped his career at Minnetonka Public Works in 2010, when he was named Assistant Public Works Director with responsibility for managing the Buildings & Grounds Division, park inspections program, residential recycling and GIS operations. More recently, Vetter has been responsible for the Minnetonka Mills Park project near the Burwell House, designed to create a welcoming experience for residents to enjoy Minnehaha Creek and the surrounding natural areas.
Vetter was appointed Assistant City Manager in Minnetonka in 2012.
“Perry’s combination of facilities management and recreation programming is unique in the municipal parks and recreation world. He has been an exemplary leader in Minnetonka,” said City Manager Scott Neal, to whom Vetter will report. “He is excited about joining the City of Edina’s leadership team and for the opportunity to serve the residents of Edina.”
Vetter succeeds Ann Kattreh in the position. Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Susan Faus will act as interim director until June 10.
For more information about the City of Edina’s Parks & Recreation Department, visit EdinaMN.gov.