Following a comprehensive nationwide search, Casa Grande City Manager Larry Rains recently announced that Steve Hardesty was selected as the new Community Services Director, effective June 19, 2017.
“The professional skills and expertise that Steve possesses in operations management, budget supervision and facility development and construction is a perfect fit for the current needs of our community,” said City Manager Larry Rains. “I am confident that his extensive experience will ensure continuity and quality as we move forward with the many Community Services initiatives that benefit our residents.”
As the Community Services Director, Hardesty will be responsible for the planning, coordination and direction of the Community Services operations, which include parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, libraries, golf courses, buildings and related facilities. He will also be responsible for the evaluation of operations and activities as well as the analysis of trends, program requirements and resource utilization.
“My wife and I are very excited to move to Casa Grande and become part of the community. We are looking forward to meeting new folks and tackling new challenges,” said Hardesty upon the announcement of his selection. “Community Services can have a positive influence in the lives of nearly every citizen in Casa Grande, and I am eager to get started.”
Hardesty joins the City of Casa Grande from Salina, Kansas, where he has served in numerous management roles since 1995. In his most recent capacity as Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Hardesty was responsible for the supervision and management of eight divisions, including recreation programs, athletic programs and golf course and event center contract administration. During his tenure with Salina, Hardesty served as the division lead for the construction of a $13.1 million Salina Fieldhouse, as well as a $1.7 million project to complete a facility remodel of an event center.
Hardesty holds a Bachelor of Science from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.