The City of Mission named Brad Bentsen as the new Parks & Recreation Department director, effective April 1. Bentsen fills the vacancy left by Julian Gonzalez who resigned last December to take over as city manager for the City of Hidalgo.
Bentsen comes to Mission from McAllen Parks & Recreation where he served 10 years as parks superintendent and horticulture manager. At McAllen, Bentsen was in charge of all exterior building maintenance and supervised construction projects. He also created maintenance scheduling for the management of McAllen’s approximately 50 parks.
Bentsen said he is looking forward to improving the quality of park maintenance and beautification of Mission’s city parks, including initiating an herbicide and fertilization program.
In addition to park maintenance, Bentsen will be in charge of Parks & Recreation programming of activities.
“I am so pleased to be working with the City of Mission,” Bentsen said last week. He said his first priority is “to be a good steward of what has been placed in my care. However, what I’d like to do and what I’ll realistically be able to do are two different things. I have spent a part of this first week and a half inventorying and assessing the parks and city facilities, which are in need of some TLC regarding equipment replacement and repairs.
“What we as a team first need to do is to complete all current projects prior to taking on new ones. I feel with the support of the Parks Board, City Commission and city staff, after the needed maintenance to ensure the safety and aesthetics of what we already have, we can begin with the review and update our current Master Plan.”