Lemuel Randolph was named director of the Arlington, Texas Parks and Recreation Department in 2014. In his six-year tenure as Director his department received its’ initial CAPRA accreditation and subsequent CAPRA re-accreditation, was named a NRPA Gold Medal finalist in four of the previous five years and was awarded the NRPA Gold Medal for class 2 in 2018. He has also shepherded over $150M in voter approved park bonds over three elections in five years. Additionally, his department was honored with the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletics Business Excellence in Youth Sports Award, the 3CMA Savvy Award for Brochures and Publications and the Cartegraph Excellence in Operations Management Award.
Mr. Randolph was initially appointed as a director in 1996 and has led the McKinney, Texas, San Bernardino, California and Sugar Land, Texas Parks and Recreation Departments. He also held management positions for the Parks and Recreation Departments in Missouri City, Texas and Arlington County, Virginia after a career start with the US Department of Labor.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Lemuel holds a BA in Economics from Hampton University and a MPA from Texas Southern University.
Lemuel has been a NRPA member since 1991, and currently serves as an instructor at NRPA Directors School. He enjoys travel and exercise time with his wife Mia and three young adult children, Lemuel II, Evan and Michal.