Catlett announces retirement after 44 years as Parks & Rec Director

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Steve Catlett is stepping down. The executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation System made the announcement earlier this week.

“At some point in time this was going to need to happen, and I’m” 66 years of age now; April 1st I’ll have been there 44 years, so it’s been a while,” Catlett said. “I’ve put my entire adult life into Parks and Rec. We certainly want to see it continue to grow and flourish.”

Catlett said among the accomplishments he and his board have seen have been large multi-use facilities like the Berkeley 2000 building in Martinsburg and the W. Randy Smith Center in Inwood, facility improvements and lots of new programs.

“I think we’ve worked really well together to do a lot of good things, most of it with very little tax money involved. I would say at the top of the list is the development of the Poorhouse Farm when we took that over in ’94 and where it is today 25 years later. I’m really proud of what that place has grown to be,” Catlett said.

Catlett says he plans to stay on the job while his successor is trained. After that, he’ll still be with Parks and Rec, but this time as Superintendent of Parks and Facilities, overseeing maintenance and new construction.

You can hear Catlett every Saturday morning at 8 on the Rec Report on the Panhandle News Network.