Loupe retires as parks boss

By The Mercury

Curt Loupe, the director of Manhattan’s parks and recreation department, has resigned, the city announced in a news release Thursday.

The move follows Loupe’s leave of absence during the last month. City manager Ron Fehr confirmed the leave to the Mercury in March, but he would not give a reason for it.

City officials said Loupe stepped down effective Wednesday. Loupe has worked for the city since 2006. According to the release, Loupe relocated to his house in Topeka last year for personal reasons.

Fehr named assistant city manager Jason Hilgers interim director of the department. The city plans to conduct a national search to find a permanent replacement.

Loupe’s tenure saw the renovation and expansion of the city’s pools, the creation of a cattery at the animal shelter, and the addition of a playground and splash park to City Park.

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