A Raymondville man became the City of Houston’s parks and recreation director on Monday.

Stetson Evetts will oversee various youth programs and other activities undertaken by the local park board.

Evetts, 33, and his wife, Amanda, have three children — ages 11, 8 and 5 — who attend the Raymondville School.

He said he is excited about the opportunity that comes as the city makes plans to construct a new swimming pool. Additionally, a one-cent sales tax — with half the proceeds going to parks and recreation activities — went on the books on Oct. 1.

Evetts grew up in the area, where both his parents graduated from Houston High School, Tony Evetts and his mother, Julie Chipps Scantlin. An avid outdoorsman, Evetts was active in high school football, baseball and basketball before graduating from Willow Springs High School in 2004.

He comes to the city from a sales position with Holloway Distribution. He previously worked for Cummins Tools, Mountain Country Propane and Pepsi-Co.

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