EAST CHICAGO | Park Superintendent Francisco Rosado is leaving his position to become director of the city's Public Transportation Department.
He said he regretted leaving the park position but agreed to go to the Public Transportation Department after Mayor Anthony Copeland asked him to fill a vacancy left by Sandy Martinez, who recently resigned.
Rosado has worked for the city for 30 years in a variety of roles.
"I was the director of Public Transportation two other times for a combination of about five years," he said.
Rosado began his role as park superintendent in March 2012. He said it was a job he truly enjoyed.
"Our first year, we saved a lot of money for the city by handling all our grass cutting," he said. "The year before I got here, a lot of it was contracted out."
Rosado said that move likely saved the city about $300,000.
He said it is his understanding that the position of park superintendent likely will be left vacant.
Park Board President Lilia Ramos thanked Rosado for his service.
Park Board members Gilberto Cantu and Richard Gillis wished Rosado well. Both said they were caught off guard by the announcement.