Eric Urfer, City of Independence Parks|Recreation|Tourism Department Director, has announced his retirement. Urfer has served as Director of PRT for more than 16 years and has worked in the industry for more than 32 years.
“I am incredibly honored to have worked with tremendous people serving our City in a variety of capacities – from keeping our parks beautiful to overseeing our now regionally acclaimed Events Center to providing thousands of pounds of food in a global pandemic,” Urfer said. “Working in Parks and Recreation allows us to not only interact with people in fun activities but also provide important services when our citizens need them the most. The City of Independence team is some of the best at what they do and this community should be incredibly proud of that.”
Urfer officially retires on May 7, 2021.
“During his 16-year career with the City, Eric has been instrumental in a number of projects that have left Independence more beautiful,” City Manager Zach Walker said. “The development of Adventure Oasis, the Athletic Complex, Waterfall Park, the McCoy Park Inclusive Playground, the Uptown Market and the Cable Dahmer Arena have transformed the landscape of our community. The restoration of assets such as the Roger T. Sermon Center and the Veteran’s Memorial Hall at Truman Memorial Building have helped improve beloved treasures for future generations. The development and management of the Parks Sales Tax and the Transient Guest Tax have brought long-term financial stability to our organization. Eric has left an impact on our community that will last for generations.”
The City is in the process of developing a transition plan for this position and details will be provided as appropriate. Morris Heide has been named Acting Director of Parks|Recreation|Tourism during the transition. He has served as Deputy Director of the department for the nearly three years.