Natalie Mullin has a history with Bexley's recreation programming that spans more than a decade.

She is now putting that experience to use as the new deputy director for the city of Bexley's new Recreation and Parks Department.

Bexley City Council approved the creation of the recreation deputy director position as part of the city's 2018 budget, said Michael Price, recreation director.

"We had two internal applicants," including Mullin, who was previously a recreation supervisor, Price said. "Mayor [Ben] Kessler and I interviewed those applicants.

"Through the interview process, we determined that there was not a need to go externally with our process," he said.

Since officially starting as the deputy director on Feb. 20, Mullin said she's been helping Price to oversee the department's day-to-day operations so he can focus more on expanding programming and revenue.

She also will oversee the David H. Madison Community Pool's season, which begins with Memorial Day weekend each year.

Mullin said she will assist with coordinating "a lot of the activity registration, the registration website, getting a lot of those activities ready for registration."

Price said Mullin has an annual salary of $60,000.

The breadth of her experience is what helped make her the successful candidate, he said.

"Natalie has been with the department since 2005 and worked in a wide variety of capacities ... whether it's running sports, youth and adult programming, whether it's running the pool, whether it's doing the finances for the department -- paying bills, payroll," he said.

"She's been heavily involved in policy, so she has a wealth of knowledge and experience within our department. She is somebody that the staff regularly turns to bounce ideas off of and to get leadership from. I think it was a perfect fit," he said.

Mullin, a Groveport native, started with the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department as an intern in the summer of 2004.

"I have a lot of family that has grown up in Bexley," she said, "so I was very familiar in the area."

Mullin holds a bachelor's degree in sports management from Indiana State University, where she was a member of the soccer team. She and her husband, Dan, an accounting and financial systems manager with the city of Westerville, have two daughters, Elizabeth, 3, and Julia, 4 months.

Price said the recreation department will not hire anyone to fill Mullin's former recreation supervisor position.

"We have reorganized some of the work responsibilities to free Natalie up to do more strategic and administrative functions as deputy director," he said.