Former Columbus Parks and Recreation director Ben Wagner will resign from his current position as the parks marketing coordinator at the end of the month. Wagner submitted his formal resignation letter to parks board members Monday..
Wagner’s resignation comes five months after Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown demoted the former parks director to marketing coordinator. Brown claimed Wagner mishandled the parks budget and improperly used city credit cards.
Mary Tucker, parks board vice president, says the board knew Wagner’s resignation was coming.
“He needs to move on and get a job,” Tucker says. “The park board is going to go about the everyday business of running the park and we’ll probably be in the process of getting another park director.”
Tucker says Mayor Brown has two candidates in mind to fill the parks director position. Once the mayor appoints a candidate, the parks board will then vote on whether to hire that person as the new director.
Wagner did not receive any type of severance package.
He nor Mayor Brown could be reached for comment.