Park People: Chris Smalley
Regional Manager of Operations, East District
Stormville, New York but now Maumee, Ohio
Yard Work for Cash when I was too young to drive.
Achievement you are most proud of, career or other
My wife and kids. They understand and support what I do here at the parks. I’m blessed to have them in my life.
A long-overdue honeymoon with my wife. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this August and she still owes me a honeymoon.
Our high-strung but lovable dog, Pepper. It wasn’t my idea to get her, but I can’t imagine life without her.
What is something few know about you?
I went to graduate school in Toledo and really expected to move further west afterward, but I ended up sticking around and raising a family. The Toledo area is really a great place to raise a family.
What brought you to Metroparks?
Blame Tim Gallaher! I worked for Tim many years ago at Wood County Park District and really enjoyed it. I ran into him at Menards and he told me I should apply for a supervisor position that was open at Metroparks.
Your favorite park visited?
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hilo, Hawaii. I was there during an active flow in the ‘90’s and it was just an incredible experience.