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Cheryl Salazar

City of San Marcos

Cheryl is currently a Recreation Supervisor in Parks & Recreation for the City of San Marcos. She has served the San Marcos community in that role since being hired in 2016. Her areas of responsibility include Aquatics, Special Events, ESports and Marketing. Cheryl works closely with the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation, The San Marcos Promise, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, SD Nights and other city organizations and departments to accomplish a variety of special projects and events.


Cheryl has worked in recreation since becoming a lifeguard in 2004 with the City of Fontana. She moved through the ranks as a swim instructor in 2005 and a pool manager in 2006. In working with the City, Cheryl was responsible for the creation and implementation of new aquatics programs and operations as well as assisting with major events like the annual Fontana Days carnival and the grand openings of two new facilities. She left the City of Fontana to work for the County of Riverside Parks & Open-Space District in 2011 to open their first and subsequently their second waterpark and managed the operations of both. Throughout her time with Riverside County Parks, Cheryl created many new programs and events such as the StarF.I.S.H. Adapted Aquatics swim lesson program and the Underwater Photos with Santa event. She also hired, trained and supervised over 150 staff per summer, managed the facility’s budget and marketing. She even won a Wave Review Award from the World Waterpark Association for her work on redesigning their website.


Miss Salazar has an MA in Public Administration from California Baptist University and a BS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She is the President of the San Diego County Aquatic Council, the Vice-Chair of the Technology and Innovations Committee for the World Waterpark Association’s Conference Leadership Committee. She is a member of California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS), National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA), Women in Leisure Services (WILS), and the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AoAP). Cheryl and her fiancé live in Menifee. They enjoy the outdoors and you can usually find them out surfing, hiking, playing disc golf, camping or spending time with family and friends.