John R. Sefton, Jr., CPRP

John R. Sefton, Jr., CPRP joined the City of Peoria in August 2012 and is the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Director.  He is responsible for leading the team’s functional divisions of Parks, Recreation, and Community facilities including the Libraries, Recreation Center, Pools and the Peoria Sports Complex.  John diligently strives to deliver the quality of life for Peoria that the citizens and City Council aspire for.  

Prior to joining Peoria, John served the cities of Tucson, Prescott Valley, Chandler, Casa Grande and Henderson, Nevada in various parks and recreation positions from Lifeguard to Director.  Wedging in seven years of the ‘housing boom’ with developer Pulte Homes and the Communities of Del Webb, John helped build the lifestyle communities of Anthem, AZ and Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence, AZ.

John received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from ASU, a certificate in Public Policy from the U of A, and in 2013 completed his Master’s Degree in Community and Land Use Planning at NAU.

Notable career accomplishments include currently supporting the Arizona State Parks and Trails as Board Member and Vice Chair and recently serving as President of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.  In 2018,  APRA recognized John as Outstanding Professional of the Year.  Other points of pride for John include leading Peoria and Tucson departments through their inaugural CAPRA Accreditation processes, Parks and Recreation Master Planning, recreation amenity design and construction leadership and organizational development initiatives.


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