“I’m barely ever at my desk at this point,” said Horrell.
Originally from Jackson, Mo., Horrell is a 1993 Jackson High School graduate. He then attended college at Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 1998.
“I started going to college for recreation, then I changed my mind part of the way through and started going for math. I started thinking ‘What am I going to do with this job?’ and at the time I was working for the [Parks and Recreation] department at the same time; I figured that was what I wanted to do anyways, so I went back to recreation,” said Horrell.
Horrell has served the City as Recreation Supervisor for 14 years. He started working part-time for Parks and Recreation while in college, assisting with special events like softball tournaments. After graduating, Horrell interviewed and earned a full-time job with Parks and Recreation and was promoted to Recreation Supervisor a year later.
Horrell supervises seven full-time recreation staff members, six full-time maintenance workers and several part-time staff. He says that his everyday work schedule is never the same.
“I have an office, but I’m in it very little during the summer. Most of the time I’m running back and forth,” Horrell said.
Examples of reasons Horrell might be out of the office include checking on the Shawnee Sports Complex, making sure the concession stands are fully stocked; meeting with maintenance staff about working on the athletic fields; and working both in and out of his office on current projects.