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6/8/2012

Interim director selected for Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation

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Eric Holmes, City of Vancouver
Phone: (360) 487-8640

Bill Barron, Clark County
Phone: (360) 397-2232

Vancouver, WA - The city of Vancouver and Clark County announce the appointment of William Hutsinpiller, who has wide-ranging parks and recreation experience in Washington, as the interim director of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation. With his appointment, the county and city ensure effective leadership and management while conducting a nationwide search for a full-time parks and recreation director.

Hutsinpiller will succeed Peter Mayer, who leaves the director's post in late June. He is taking a position as chief operating officer and deputy director of the Snohomish Health District. "Pete Mayer has done a phenomenal job navigating very difficult times," said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. "Now I am pleased to enjoy the experience and steady hand of Bill Hutsinpiller through this period of transition."

Hutsinpiller, a resident of Blaine, will begin work part-time the week of June 11 and begin full-time June 25. He brings more than 30 years of managerial experience at the city, county and state levels. He has served as director of parks and recreation in the cities of Renton, Bellingham, Yakima and Kirkland and assistant regional manager for Washington State Parks. He also has held parks and recreation posts in King County and the city of Everett, and has served as a parks and recreation advisor to Spokane City Council and the cities of Chelan and Kent, among others.

"I find the arrangement and Bill to be a perfect fit for the interim," said county administrator Bill Barron. "I look forward to working with him, and with the city manager to find a new director."

The Parks and Recreation director reports to both Vancouver and Clark County officials. According to a contract agreement, the interim director will be paid $10,250 a month. Last year, Mayer earned $129,360.

Within nearly 7,300 acres of parkland, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation manages 113 developed parks, 66 miles of trails, 82 sports fields, four boat launches and three community centers, among other amenities.

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