Michael Perry has been named Sandy Springs’ new Parks and Recreation director, replacing a predecessor who left in October after a report he had forged a signature on a probation document.

Perry, who starts the job Jan. 3, previously directed Alpharetta’s parks department for 25 years. He replaces Ronnie Young, who left after WSB-TV reported allegations from the Athens-Clarke County probation office that Young had forged an employee’s signature on a community service document for his son, who was cleaning up Sandy Springs parks as punishment for an underage alcohol offense.

In Alpharetta, Perry oversaw the creation of four parks, among other work, according to a city of Sandy Springs press release.

“Michael’s depth of experience aligns well with our current needs to manage growth of park space as well as take recreation programming to its next level,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough in the press release. “He also has a familiarity with the city, enabling Michael to quickly ramp up within the organization.”

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