Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness has promoted Sarah Sandquist to director of parks & recreation. She succeeds Tony Elliot, who is leaving to pursue an opportunity as parks & recreation director for the city of Santa Cruz, California.

Sandquist has served as assistant director of parks & recreation since February. During her tenure, she has managed internal administrative operations and led key initiatives for the department.

Sandquist is a graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Before her time at the city, she served as recreation supervisor for the city of Kirkland, Washington, where she managed operations of a full-service community center. Throughout her 15 years, Sandquist has served in a variety of roles in parks and recreation departments. She is actively involved in the National Recreation and Park Association, where she participates on several committees.