Parks board members unanimously approved Mark Jones as the new parks director Monday night in Columbus city hall.
The Columbus City Council shifted the parks director's salary after the mayor demoted the then-parks director to marketing coordinator.
The Columbus parks board members say they were not able to work effectively with the mayor.
Former parks director Ben Wagner resigned this week five months after being demoted to marketing coordinator.
Columbus Parks Board members say they are in discussions with the mayor after she demoted the parks director late last year.
The parks board has been at odds with Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown after she demoted the parks director to marketing coordinator last December.
The mayor of Columbus demoted the parks director, saying he was misusing credit cards and overspending his budget.