Retired Municipal Recreation,
Former Advisory Council Chair
Charlotte Gorton's main career in municipal parks and recreation spanned 38 years interspersed with horse and cattle ranching equine photojournalism.
Charlotte's most recent position before retiring was as the Recreation Services Manager for the City of Paso Robles, where she served for 20 years. She was responsible for daily operations and management of the recreation division of the Department of Library and Recreation Services; staff liaison to the Youth Commission, Senior Advisory Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and the REC Foundation; budget development and oversight; staff recruitment, supervision and evaluation; recreation program development, promotion, and oversight; and city-wide aquatics programs.
Previously, she was in aging services as the Recreation Coordinator in charge of the senior center and senior programs for 10 years, and Recreation Supervisor over adult sports and aquatics. She has worked for Maui, Hawaii Parks and Recreation, Medford, Oregon Parks and Recreation, the YMCA of Medford, Oregon, and the American Red Cross of San Diego, California.
Gorton is an active member of National Recreation and Parks Association, San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Administrators Association and the California Parks and Recreation Society. She has received numerous awards from CPRS District VIII including Outstanding Professional of the Year, and previously served on the Board of Directors.
Gorton received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, San Diego and her Master’s in Education Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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