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Phillips named new rec director


Tallassee proudly announces the appointment of Eric Phillips, a lifelong Tallassee resident and dedicated community member, as the new director of the Tallassee Parks and Recreation Department. With an impressive background in sports leadership and a commitment to community well-being, Phillips brings a wealth of experience and passion to this vital role.

A 1988 Tallassee High School graduate, he has deep roots in the community, having raised two sons, Russell and Rutland, who also graduated from Tallassee High School in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Russell is currently employed as a lineman in Billingsley, Ala., while Rutland is working for a local electrician and pursuing his education in electrician school.

Phillips earned a degree in Business Administration from Troy University in 2002, marking the beginning of a successful career in sales and management within various industrial supply companies. However, his dedication to community service and organized sports has always been a guiding force in his life.

Notably, Mr. Phillips served on the board of directors for Tallassee Dixie Youth Baseball for nine years, four of which were spent as commissioner, showcasing leadership and a deep commitment to the development of youth in sports. Additionally, he contributed his expertise to the Tallassee Athletic Club's board of directors.

In his new role as the director of Parks and Recreation, the focus is on enhancing the quality of life for Tallassee citizens. He envisions achieving this goal by providing a diverse array of recreational, social and educational opportunities in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.

An integral part of his approach will be collaboration with the long-serving Parks and Recreation staff. Phillips values the dedication and experience of the existing team and looks forward to working together to elevate the parks and recreational offerings in Tallassee.

"I am excited and honored to take on the role of director of Parks and Recreation in Tallassee," said Phillips. "My aim is to foster a sense of community through sports and recreational activities, ensuring that our citizens have access to enriching experiences that contribute to their overall well-being. I am eager to collaborate with the dedicated Parks and Recreation staff to build on the strong foundation they have established."