Meet the Executive Director Candidates

The CVPRD Board of Directors are happy to announce the final candidates for the Executive Director position. The two finalists, Dean Rummel and Aaron Stewart, have been selected from 45 applicants and participated in phone and panel interviews comprised of three community representatives, two CVPRD staff members, and two Board members. 

The public is invited to attend a forum on Wednesday, April 25 from 5 - 6 pm to meet the finalists. The forum will be held at the CVPRD Adminstration Building located at 340 Maple Street in Frederick. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the candidates and ask questions about their proposed approaches to the position. After the forum, the Board of Directors will conduct final interviews during an executive session (non- public meeting).


Dean Rummel

As current Recreation Manager for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, Dean possesses more than 15 years of organizational leadership experience and proven success. Prior to joining the City of Boulder, Dean spent five years with YMCAs in Iowa and Missouri.

His expertise pertaining to joint use agreements with the Boulder Valley School District, program partnership creations, community engagement, staff development, capital project management, department leadership, service alignments to community values and many others, attribute to Dean’s wealth of knowledge and reputation as a leader in the industry. His ability to adapt and work cohesively within numerous Parks and Recreation departments and with various people make him a natural partner of innovation and collaboration.

Over the course of his career, Dean has accomplished:

Leadership through a high level of staff engagement, staff development, leading Master Plan and Matrix Team initiatives related to community values and department vision and specializing in staff and community relationship building through communication, transparency, and trust.

Service delivery leadership that improved the financial viability of programs and services, established effective delivery models, designs and evaluations, explored and created partnerships, identified gaps and duplications within services, shifted exclusive service offerings, and increased accessibility to participate.

Grant awards towards increasing access and participation for the underserved populations to address barriers to access and opportunities.

Financial stewardship of organizational funding by identifying efficiencies within operations resulting in decreasing expenses while increasing revenues. Becoming a cost recovery content expert with success in balancing the needs of the community with available resources.

Capital improvement projects including locker room renovation, artificial turf field transformations, court refurbishments, and planning process for concept plans and initiatives.  

With a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Northern Iowa, he also earned a Leading, Educating, and Developing certification from the University of Virginia.  As a content expert, Dean has presented at both state and national conferences.

He and his wife Katie have two daughters, Zoe and Harper. As a family, much of their time is spent enjoying all that Colorado has to offer, including many parks and recreation programs.

Dean is excited about the prospect of being part of the continued growth and success of the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District!


Aaron Stewart

Aaron Stewart is the Superintendent for the Garden City Recreation Commission in Garden City Kansas, and a former Sports Coordinator for Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District. He has many years of experience in all facets of parks and recreation and a proven track record of rebuilding and revitalizing recreation organizations and programs into high performing, fiscally sound, and customer-centric entities.  

In his current position over the past two years, Aaron improved the net position of his entity from a negative $365,000 to a positive $490,000 and improved the Commission’s cash reserves from a negative $265,000 to a positive $314,000.  

While Aaron was at Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District he was able to accomplish two field renovation projects in Frederick that cost a total of $72,000 in which the District only paid just under $15,000 due in large part to Aaron’s ability to cultivate partnerships. Aaron’s commitment to quality facilities and programming has also been documented and recognized most recently in Garden City, winning the 2017 Best of the Best award ranking the Core Fitness facility as the best in Southwest Kansas as well as for programming at Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District winning the Columbine Award for the E-Sport Gaming program that he implemented while working for the District.

Aaron is a graduate of Kansas State University and has a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration. In 2017, Aaron became a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Growing up, Aaron was a high school athlete participating in football and wrestling. He went on to play football in college at Independence Community College and Ottawa University before completing his degree at Kansas State. In addition to his degree, Aaron was certified in Aquatic Facility Operations, personal training, and is an Honor Graduate of Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring.

Aaron began his career in parks and recreation working as a youth umpire and athletic field maintenance worker during college. Upon graduation, he went on to work for three years in Minor League Baseball as a professional umpire. Aaron went on to work at Gold’s Gym in Merriam, Kansas as an Assistant Manager and eventually moved to Junction City, Kansas to become the Assistant Director of Recreation for the City. In 2008, Aaron accepted a position with the City and County of Broomfield, Colorado as an Athletic Coordinator. After six years Aaron accepted the position of Sports Coordinator for Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District. In 2016 he took over as the Superintendent for the Garden City Recreation Commission in Garden City, Kansas.

Aaron has been married for 10 years and has two sons; 6 and 1½ years old. Outside of work Aaron enjoys spending time camping and hiking with his family, skiing, playing in adult sports leagues, coaching his son’s youth sports teams, and fitness. Aaron is an avid obstacle course racer and loves movies. He can often be found quoting a line from a movie for every situation life throws at him.