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Dale “Doc” Dougherty has twenty-two years of experience in public administration, leading four different organizations during times of great change. Mr. Dougherty was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management, a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Dougherty was the Director of Parks and Recreation and Community Affairs with the Town of Lake Park, the Executive Director of the Colleton County Recreation Commission and the Director of Parks Recreation for the consolidated Macon-Bibb, Georgia government. Most recently he ran the Parks and Recreation Department for Hillsborough County, Florida, where he oversaw a department of 330 employees, a $28 million budget, and $83 million in capital development, serving a population of 1.3 million people. Doc led his department to become nationally accredited (CAPRA), win national awards, and he personally composed an extensive 10-year comprehensive Master Plan.
Doc additionally has hands-on experience in creating, producing, and managing hundreds of major events. From local and regional festivals to a major national sporting event, his wealth of knowledge in event planning is extensive. His founding of the High School Football All-American Bowl, broadcasted nationally, was the first event to ever match the best high school football players in the country.
Along with other responsibilities, Doc oversaw the development and implementation of a downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and TIF financing plan. Doc has also led the restructuring of administrative, programming, and maintenance divisions to be more efficient through the use of in-house and contracted staff.