Drew Jordan has resigned as director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

Jordan submitted his resignation Thanksgiving week to the city and last Wednesday night announced it to the park board. He said he will stay in the position through the end of the year to help with the transition to the next director.

“I’m extremely thankful to the park board for hiring me,” Jordan said. “I enjoyed my job and the time I did it. It was one of the most enjoyable places I’ve worked in my career. The city is a great group of people to work with.”

Jordan, a 1987 Houston High School graduate, was hired in October 2015 as the replacement to Jim Root, who retired after serving 10 years in the position. He was chosen among 16 applicants and six finalists who were interviewed.

Jordan said he plans to substitute teach at several area schools, including Houston, and has submitted his resume to several employers.

“The reason I’m stepping down is it’s an extremely taxing position and one that requires a lot of time,” he said. “I hope this will bring some more attention to the importance of the parks and rec department. It needs some more staffing –– in whatever form that takes. I know our current city administrator is aware of that and agrees.”

The city currently offers basketball, baseball, softball and soccer leagues as well as swimming. According to a job posting from the City of Houston, the “ideal candidate will collaborate with the park board and others in the community to plan and implement recreation programs. The position works outside normal business hours and is responsible for maintaining the playing fields including mowing.”

Jordan said along with staying through the end of the year, he is willing to work alongside his replacement for the first couple Saturdays of the basketball league that starts in January.

“I’ll show them all that goes with my work and duties,” Jordan said. “I’m not going to leave the community in a bind.”

Jordan, who moved back to Houston for a relationship in April 2015, said he plans to continue living here.

“I plan to stay in the area and continue to give back in the community in any way I can,” he said.

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