Get to know Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith - Q&A Page

8 Questions for Laurie Smith, Modesto’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods:

What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods?

Provide the community with an enhanced quality of life through our park system, recreation and sports programs, and event and historical facilities.  

What is one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods?

The average citizen may not realize the personal commitment we make every day in making Modesto the best it can be.

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be?  Why?

Either one of my sons.  My oldest son is a millwright and works on hydro-electric power plants.  For the most part, these plants are located in very remote and beautiful areas in the mountains.  My youngest son works for Google; no explanation required.

What’s one of your favorite or most significant memories?  Why?

The first time I made my father laugh.  It was the best feeling to see him laugh, and to know I was funny.

What makes you laugh the most?  Why?

My boys.  They are both very funny.  I’m more funny, though.  Or, I’m funnier.  Or, I’m the funniest.

Do you have any family in a public service career?  What has that meant to you?

My father was in the United States Air Force for 27 years as a boom operator and in-flight re-fueler, protecting the nation’s borders and flying missions in Korea and Vietnam.  Does that count as public Safety?

What motivates you most to get out of bed each morning?

The hope of a new day.

If humanity colonized Mars in your lifetime, would you visit?  Why or why not?

No.  Because.