A longtime member of the Johnson County Facilities Management Department who made major contributions to recent Johnson County Library projects has been tapped to serve as JCPRD’s new planning and development manager.
Georgia Gavito Sizemore stepped into her new job on Oct. 4, filling a position previously held by Cliff Middleton, who retired in mid-September after more than 34 years of service to JCPRD.
“I love supporting the people who deliver critical services to the community by working towards creating and maintaining the right environments for those services to occur within, on, or around,” Sizemore said. “Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District are critical services for county residents, each being on a level equal to public safety and public health - Perhaps an even higher level, as the work parks and recreation does directly contributes to nourishing the mind, body and soul.”
As planning and development manager, Sizemore is responsible for all aspects of implementing JCPRD’s capital improvement plan, from planning and design through bid documents, project management and construction administration. She also oversees a staff of five project managers.
“I’m excited about the 2022 Strategic (Legacy) Plan update, she said. “The timing is perfect for us all to better understand JCPRD’s needs and work to prioritize them with the public and the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners.
Prior to coming to JCPRD, Sizemore worked for Johnson County Facilities Management for a total of 17 out of the last 19 years, consisting of two different stints.
From 2020 to the present, she served as strategic facilities manager where she managed the county’s Strategic Planning and Interior Team and the Johnson County Library’s Planning, Design and Construction Team, which followed her work from 2016 to 2019 as the library capital program manager where she built a team to manage the facility implementation of the library’s 2015 Comprehensive Library Master Plan.
Earlier, she worked for Johnson County Facilities Management from 2002 to 2014 as a project manager/architect where she was lead project manager for major capital projects including the Adult Residential Center and Programs buildings, Sunset Drive Office Building, Leawood Library Renovation and Expansion, Public Works Administration and Fleet buildings, and the Central Library Building upgrade.
Between the two time periods working for Johnson County, Sizemore worked from 2014 to 2016 in Lawrence as a project manager/planner with KU Design and Construction Management on the University of Kansas campus where she worked on the Kansas Memorial Union’s updated master plan, and the Simons Pharmaceutical Chemistry renovation and addition.
She said this “interlude” gave her new appreciation for public service.
“To me, public service is about long-term planning in support of the greater community good,” she said. “I was fortunate to be able to return to Johnson County to support the facilities component of the Comprehensive Library Master Plan.”
Sizemore believes her past work with the county will relate directly to her new position at JCPRD.
“I have successfully led numerous capital projects of varying scopes and types from studies, budgeting, funding, programming, design, construction, fit-out, and through years of occupancy,” she said. “I am adept at handling the many clients of a public entity, navigating towards solutions that work well for all parties.”
Sizemore holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a master’s degrees in architecture, both from KU. She grew up in Houston and moved to Wichita when she was in high school and has been in Kansas ever since. Sizemore and her husband of 25 years, Mike, are the parents of teenage son and have interesting pets, including a cat and a bearded dragon. In her free time, she likes to travel and visit museums and parks.