Reynoldsburg City Council on Tuesday night confirmed Jason Shamblin as the city's next parks and recreation director, replacing Paul Walsh, who resigned March 2.

Reynoldsburg City Council on Tuesday night confirmed Jason Shamblin as the city’s next parks and recreation director, replacing Paul Walsh, who resigned March 2.

Shamblin currently is recreation superintendent of Grove City’s parks and recreation department and will begin his new position with the city June 2 at a starting salary of $67,000.

He was recommended for the job after a special committee narrowed 62 applicants to 10 and then to four finalists.

“It’s been a long process, but I’m ready to get started,” Shamblin said. “I’m proud to have been chosen for the job, and I give credit to the experience I have gained up until now, which will help me to grow professionally.”

According to Reynoldsburg’s charter, Shamblin must become a resident within six months of his start date.

An Athens native, Shamblin, 33, currently lives in Worthington with his wife, Allison, and 8-month-old son, Grayson.

He graduated from Hocking College with an associate’s degree in applied sciences - recreation and wildlife technology - in 1996 and received a bachelor-of-science degree in recreation studies from Ohio University in 1998.

From August 1998 to March 1999, he was an associate program director with the Akron YMCA Camp Y-Noah, where he assisted the experimental education director in development and operations of all outdoor education and leadership programs. He also assisted the family director there in operating all weekend and family programs and supervised seasonal staff members leading recreational programs.

In March 1999, Shamblin accepted a position with the Akron YMCA Camp Y-Noah as family program director until June 2000.

He then accepted a position as a crew leader with the city of Gahanna’s parks and recreation department in June 2000, assisting in recruiting, hiring, training and supervising a seasonal staff of more than 35 and facilitating development of safety and training programs.

In January 2006, he accepted his current job in Grove City, where he manages all aspects of the recreational programming, including supervision of nine full-time staff members, budget management, registration, marketing, public relations and human resources.

In other business, council approved a motion to authorize safety-service director Pam Boratyn to apply for a grant from the National Association of County Engineers. The grant would provide reimbursement of the cost to upgrade the city’s traffic-control signs to meet new federal requirements that went into effect Jan. 1.

The requirements come from the Federal Highway Administration and require that all traffic-control signs in the country be upgraded with a higher reflective material within the seven years.

Reynoldsburg streets superintendent Larry Ward said the grant amount is not known yet, but he is applying for the maximum amount the city needs to cover at least the 369 signs he plans to have upgraded this year, at a cost of $8,590.

After the application is received, the NACE will review it and inform the city on how much money will be awarded.

Ward said the city has 3,100 traffic-control signs within its boundaries and 1,100 street-name signs.

He said the city last year replaced 400 signs with the new required materials for higher reflectivity and said about 2,500 signs still need replaced.

The NACE grant program is a one-time reimbursement, and the signs must be installed if the grant is approved.

The 369 signs slated to be replaced this year will be on Lancaster Avenue, Slate Ridge and Farmsbury Drive, with work beginning in the next two weeks.

The old signs were made of a lower-grade reflective material called engineer grade, which has seven-year lifespan. The new material has a 10-year guarantee.

As for the old signs, Ward said, they will keep some in case they are needed as replacements, but they will recycle the remaining ones.