Chad Wright takes over as new director of Moab City Recreation Department
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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After spending nearly nine years as Moab City Recreation Director, John Geiger’s last day on the job was Friday, Aug. 1. He and his family are moving to Texas at the end of August. Replacing Geiger as director is Chad Wright, who spent a few days training with Geiger and recreation assistant Justin Marcus last week.

Wright officially started working in his new position on Monday, Aug. 4.

According to an Aug. 5 news release announcing his hiring, Wright, who is originally from Salt Lake City, recently worked for Provo City Recreation, one of the leading recreation programs in Utah.

“The incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation were a major factor in his decision to come here, along with the diverse recreation programs already available through Moab City Recreation,” the release states.

Geiger told The Times-Independent that he is confident he is leaving the recreation program in capable hands.

“I’m really excited, because Chad is going to bring some great ideas here to Moab,” Geiger said.

He added that Marcus, who worked with Geiger for the past six years, will be “invaluable” in ensuring a smooth transition between directors.

“Justin’s got some great ideas as well, and will continue to be a tremendous asset,” Geiger said.

Geiger said the past nine years have been a rewarding experience. “It’s definitely one of the greatest rewards, to see these kids excelling, not only athletically, but as human beings,” he said. “When I first started here, I believed strongly in the power of recreation, and that has been reinforced.”

With his own extensive background in recreation, Wright also brings enthusiasm to the position, Geiger said, adding that Wright is “passionate about living life to the fullest and promoting healthy lifestyles.”

While touring Moab’s recreational facilities last week, Wright said he was particularly taken with the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center.

“I am impressed with the MRAC facility and staff and I am amazed to find this kind of experience in a town the size of Moab,” he said in the news release. “My family and I are looking forward to both cooling off and working out there.”

Wright also indicated that he is looking forward to working with Laurie Collins in supporting the city’s arts programs conducted by the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, as well as supporting the Moab Teen Center, which is currently in transition.

“I see the Teen Center as a venue to help the youth of our community connect in positive and meaningful ways, and it will take a creative and supportive community effort to make this happen,” Wright said in the news release.

Wright said he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and distance running. He played numerous team sports growing up, including basketball, soccer, baseball, football, volleyball, and hockey. Fluent in Spanish, Wright also said he enjoys folk dancing, Celtic music, playing the harmonica, and singing.

Wright said he is “looking forward to being a part of this diverse community, and is committed to serving the citizens of Moab.”

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