Brad Dennehy knows he has some big shoes to fill.
All he has to do is to take a walk along the scenic Mispillion River Greenway, an area that was largely envisioned and completed by his predecessor Gary Emory.

Brad Dennehy knows he has some big shoes to fill.
All he has to do is to take a walk along the scenic Mispillion River Greenway, an area that was largely envisioned and completed by his predecessor Gary Emory.
Dennehy took over as Milford’s Parks and Recreation director on Jan. 1, replacing Emory, who was with the department for 37 years. Emory will serve as his mentor until his April 1 retirement.
“Gary Emory and his staff have implemented excellent recreational opportunities and built a park system which is second to none,” Dennehy said in a statement. “I welcome the challenge to build upon this legacy as Milford looks towards the future.”
Dennehy was initially hired as Milford’s city building inspector in 2004. He was appointed Public Works director in 2009 to manage the daily activities of the streets, water, wastewater, electric, building and code departments.
As the new Parks and Recreation director, Dennehy will administer and manage a department with six full-time employees, seasonal workers, and a budget of $980,000.
Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe is confident Dennehy is well-suited for his new role.
“Having been a resident of Milford for the past 15 years makes him a perfect fit for this key position in the city,” Shupe said. “I feel his relationship with the community and his familiarity with the City of Milford will give him an advantage as he leads this department on a steady path if improvement into the future in both park and recreation areas.”
Dennehy, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, lives in Milford with his wife, Yvette, and two sons, Liam and Keegan.
“I am privileged to move into the role of director of the Parks and Recreation Department and look forward to serving the citizens of Milford by upholding the core values of the department,” said Dennehy.