Press Releases

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
No. 17


NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today announced the appointment of Michael Dockett as Borough Commissioner of Queens Parks. Mr. Dockett has worked at NYC Parks for 33 years, and most recently served as Assistant Commissioner for the Urban Park Service. He will succeed Dorothy Lewandowski, who recently retired as Borough Commissioner after serving for 14 years in that position.

“Mike Dockett has had a lasting impact on the many divisions he has worked in at NYC Parks,” said Commissioner Silver. “I am confident that his background in environmental education, enforcement, and emergency management will be a benefit in his new role leading Queens’ beloved green spaces.”

Queens is home to more than 460 park sites, with 7,740 acres of open space. Currently, Parks has approximately 250 active capital improvement projects underway in the borough.

About Michael Dockett:

Michael Dockett began his career with Parks in 1984 as an Urban Park Ranger in Queens. He rose through the ranks to become a Ranger Supervisor and Borough Director in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Dockett then went on to become the Director of Central Communications, and was later promoted to Park & Recreation Manager of Brooklyn’s District 17 & 18, as well as being the borough’s Green Street Manager. Dockett became Brooklyn’s Chief of Recreation, prior to returning to the Urban Park Service as its Chief and eventual Assistant Commissioner.

Michael Dockett has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Urban Park Service since 2008. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of the Parks Enforcement Patrol, Central Communications, and Emergency Management for the agency, and also oversaw critical enforcement operations and health and safety compliance during the outdoor pool and beach seasons.

As Assistant Commissioner, and in conjunction with other agencies, he oversaw the growth of the Park Enforcement Patrol from 216 officers in 2007 to 351 today. He also established and implemented plans in response to coastal storms and other hazards impacting parks, and assisted in the opening of Cedar Grove Beach in Staten Island. In 2016, Dockett received the Mary Purcell Award at Parks’ Annual Awards ceremony, in recognition of his long lasting influence on the Maintenance, Operations, and Urban Park Service divisions.

Dockett earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from York College, CUNY and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University. He lives in Laurelton, Queens, with his wife Anne-Marie, son and daughter Michael and Adrianna, mother-in-law Marie, and their dog, Titan. He enjoys camping, singing in his church choir, and is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America.

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