The city of Surprise will honor one of its longest-tenured managers, Dick McComb, by renaming a city park in his memory during an official ceremony later this month.
Surprise Farms Community Park will be renamed to Dick McComb City Park to celebrate his 10 years of service as city manager during a ceremony Sept. 30 at the park.
McComb began his service with Surprise in 1976 and became city manager in 1990, according to a press release. He is remembered for his service during a time when the City saw some of its peak growth in population with the population growing from 7,122 to almost 31,000 during his tenure. The city also saw an increase in commercial growth during this time, with the Surprise Towne Center just beginning development.
McComb is also credited with the evolution of several of the city’s policies during his leadership such as the development of the Surprise Police Department, which was formally the Surprise Marshal’s Office and the hiring of police chief Garvin Arrell.
McComb was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War.
The public ceremony will take place at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South.