Monique Odom, assistant parks director for Finance and Administration, has been named Deputy Director of the department. Parks Director Tommy Lynch made the announcement during the Parks Board’s monthly meeting.
“Monique’s expertise and work ethic speaks volumes as to her value to our Department,” said Lynch. “On a daily basis, she has provided leadership, and well deserves this designation. She is an excellent choice.”
While Odom will continue to head Finance and Administration for Parks, an important aspect of her new responsibilities will focus on the management and supervision of the department’s Executive Team, which includes Maintenance, Recreation, Community Centers, Special Services, Natural Resources, Cultural Arts, Greenways, and Planning.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve what I consider one of the best park systems in the country,” said Odom. “We have a great team and I look forward to working through the many challenges and demands that will face our department as the result of growth. One of my goals is to make sure we uphold our mission while making sure we are relevant for now and in the future. I know we have the talent and skill to make that goal a reality.”
Since joining the department in 2006, Odom’s responsibilities have focused on the department’s fiscal and administrative matters. A native Nashvillian and a graduate of Whites Creek High School, Odom holds a B.A. from Fisk University, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs. She is a certified ‘diversity trainer,’ with expertise in Rule 31: Civil Mediation, Public Utility Regulation, Non-profit Program Management, and Corporate Human Resources.
In addition, Odom is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. She has also served as the program coordinator for Metro’s Human Relations Commission where she supervised all fiscal and administrative functions and oversaw the Commission’s programming efforts.
Metro Parks is governed by a seven-member board that meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. The department employs over 500 regular employees, maintains 15,000 acres of open space, including 187 parks and playgrounds, and 19 greenways.
One of the highest priorities of the department is providing safe recreational and cultural activities for the citizens of Davidson County.
The mission statement also recognizes the responsibility to preserve and protect the region’s natural resources.