New treasurer well-known

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lewisburg's next city treasurer is probably no stranger to many Marshall County residents since she served on the county school board in the late 1990s.

Donna Park of Cornersville represented School Board District 4 during 1996-2000, "when construction of the Cornersville School was among the biggest issues," Park recalled during a telephone interview Tuesday.

Her experience on the school board was among the reasons she applied for the city treasurer's position. She'd come to realize the personal rewards of public service.

Other reasons include the nature of the job she has now. She's not starting her job at City Hall until July 6, just short of two weeks from now. Officially, she was notified of the city council's decision to hire her on Monday night when she got a voice mail on her home phone from City Manager David Orr.

She's been working in Shelbyville in the accounting office for Sanford's Middle Tennessee Manufacturing Divisions in a company that looks to Newell Rubbermaid as its parent organization. She had been working for Sanford at its pencil factory in Lewisburg.

Some of her work might be described as financial analysis.

"Since Sanford closed, I had the opportunity to work at the Sanford Distribution Center and I wanted to get back into accounting and work in Lewisburg," Park said. "I'm in accounting now, and this is a public service job and I love that."

Park has also been active in county athletic groups.

"I coached girls' softball for 10-12 year olds," she said. "I did that one to two years and then we had Dixie Youth League and I coached girls' softball again for girls age 13-15. We played most of the games in Lewisburg, but also on fields in Cornersville and Chapel Hill.

She and her husband, Herbert W. Park, have been married for 39 years. They have two children: a son, Dan Park; and a daughter, Dana Langsitt, who lives in College Grove with her husband, Porter. The Langsitts have a 3-1/2-year-old daughter, Lucy. Dan and Dana are graduates of Cornersville High School.

The Parks are members of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She was born in Fayetteville, N.C. because her father, James Hubreen Looney, was in the military, then stationed at Fort Bragg. Looney and his wife, Jean, are long-time residents of Marshall County.

Park's City Hall job does not require her to move to Lewisburg. If the council hired an applicant who was living beyond the county line, then they'd be required to re-locate to Marshall County.

The treasurer's job is one of four positions that the city council controls. The others are city manager, attorney and recorder. All four positions will, by July 6, be filled with people new to City Hall since October.