Colleen Kinkade, riding in a Litchfield Fire Company truck caravan last spring, will be the new recreation director in Litchfield. BZ photo

The creative, hard-working and energetic Colleen Kinkade is bringing her professional talent to Litchfield.

Kinkade, who lives in Litchfield and is the wife of the town’s fire marshal, Sam Kinkade, has been offered and has accepted the job of director of the Parks and Recreation Department after a productive stint as the Goshen Recreation Department director.

A search committee of First Selectman Denise Raap, first selectman’s administrative assistant Liz Callahan, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jim Keller and commission member Gianni Perugini chose Kinkade to fill the post that has been vacant since local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins stepped down at the end of July.

Since preemployment documents are still pending, Kinkade has yet to be officially named recreation director. The documents are expected to be completed this week, according to Raap, and Kinkade next Tuesday will be introduced to the Board of Selectmen.

Kinkade let Goshen officials know of her pending departure last week. She’ll work in Goshen until Feb. 15 and would begin the Litchfield assignment the following day.

Kinkade said the opportunity to work in her hometown was one she couldn’t pass up. She was one of three finalists interviewed for the position and was the unanimous choice of the search committee, according to Raap.

“I was looking to move to a bigger town with more people to reach out to,” Kinkade said. “Litchfield’s department is one that needs a push to make it into something the town can be proud of.”

In Goshen, Kinkade is known for building a vibrant and innovative recreation program for residents of all ages. She’ll be tasked with doing the same thing in Litchfield.