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Ocean City Town Official Retires After 16 Years

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Tom Shuster is shown at left. Tom Shuster is shown at left.

OCEAN CITY, Md. - One man is retiring after 16 years with the town of Ocean City.

Tom Shuster joined the town's Recreation and Parks Department in 1998. According to the town, Shuster spent his career working as the director of the department, leading Ocean City through an era of growth and expansion of programs, facilities, and services.

Ocean City officials said Shuster played a key role in amenities such as the arena addition to the Northside Park Community Center, the Sunset Park, and the dog playground at Little Salisbury Park.

Shuster also oversaw the planning of the Fiesta Park Pavilion, Northside Park's softball pavilion, footbridge, and Military Flag Plaza.

"I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for the Town of Ocean City," Shuster said.  "It has truly been a pleasure serving the residents and visitors of Ocean City. I will miss many of the relationships I built during my time here, especially those of my colleagues but I look forward to remaining a part of the community and continuing to contribute to the town's parks and recreation."

Shuster started his career with the Ohio State Parks system in 1972. He has since served as director of Recreation, Parks, and Community Services in East Brunswick, NJ, executive director for a park district in Illinois, and director of Metroparks in Akron, Ohio. Shuster is also a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Shuster has been recognized throughout his 42-year career. He earned the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association's John P. Hewitt Distinguished Fellow Recognition and the National Recreation and Park Association Distinguished Professional Award in 2011.

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