PARD director has diverse job
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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PARD director Jeff Formby at the new Aquatic Center in Piedmont. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
PARD director Jeff Formby at the new Aquatic Center in Piedmont. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Jeff Formby worked at several jobs until he found what he feels is the perfect one for him. For the past nine years, Formby has been director of the parks and recreation department in Piedmont.

Formby said his job is a diverse one that requires him to wear many hats. He works with all ages -- from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.

His department puts together and schedules all of the sports in the city. Formby’s responsibilities include overseeing Piedmont’s portion of the Chief Ladiga Trail, the welcome center and Bethune Center as well as the remodeling and upkeep on the department’s buildings.

“Our schedule with recreational sports aren’t set in stone,” he said. “When you have all these different events going on, we have to adjust and work nights and sometimes weekends. It takes up a lot of time. We go from one sport to the next. But I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I enjoy what I’m doing and where I’m doing it. It’s a really good atmosphere and a good situation.”

The city gets a lot of compliments for its parks and recreation program, but Formby refuses to take any of the credit.

“We have a great crew that takes care of the grounds and ball fields,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have a wonderful staff, kids, parents, coaches and volunteers who make it all work. If it weren’t for them, I’d be a mess.”

He said he appreciates the help his department gets from the city council and citizens.

One of Formby’s past employers was Wal-Mart. He lived a year and a half in Houston, Miss., south of Tupelo, and spent six months in Columbia, Tenn., with that company. He also worked with Coca-Cola in Rome and was shop manager for a retail automotive company in Cedartown.

It was while working at Wal-Mart in Cedartown that he met another Wal-Mart employee who would change his life. Jamie Tyra introduced him to her sister, Anita. They hit it off and have spent the past 20 years as a married couple. Anita is secretary/bookkeeper at Spring Garden School. Their son, Dustin, 18, attends Gadsden State Community College.

Formby’s parents are Gwen Formby and the late Joe Formby.

Formby graduated from Spring Garden High School and has a business management degree from Jacksonville State University.

He and his family are members of Carmel Church.

As a youngster, Formby spent a lot of time playing all sports as well as camping and fishing on Weiss Lake with his parents. About seven years ago, he decided it was time to get Dustin more involved with sleeping under the stars and seeing who could catch the biggest fish.

As it’s turned out, Dustin might be the champion fisherman in the family. According to his dad, he’s turned out to be a big bass fisherman.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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