I started my career in the parks and recreation field as a baseball scorekeeper for the City of Kent, Washington in 1971. After graduating from high school I joined the army and spent three years at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (military prison). No, I was not an inmate but a physical activities specialist where I was in charge of the grounds crew who maintained the 10 acre recreation field and gymnasium, and was the basketball and weightlifting coach. While in the army I attended Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College (KCKCJC) taking therapeutic recreation classes but graduating with a general associates degree.
After leaving Kansas I attended Western Washington University and graduated with a bachelors in parks and recreation management. Since there were no parks jobs available I spent the next six months framing houses in Boise, Idaho.
As soon as the cold weather arrived I came to my senses and moved back to Washington (and the rain) where I was hired by King County as a recreation leader and then became a recreator (yes, I got paid to recreate!), recreation coordinator, recreation supervisor, recreation coordinator / special projects, project manager II, project manager III / contract administrator. After 27 years, 12 work sites, and 14 parks directors with King County, I started a new career with Snohomish County on October 1, 2007.
I started out my career with Snohomish Parks as the Division Manager for Contracts, Capital Planning and Land Management and have since retained a new title, and yes new responsibilities, as the Park Operations and Community Partnerships Manager but still retained the responsibility for the Planning Section, Real Property Administrator, Special Event Scheduling, and Recreation Programming side of my original job title.
I have been blessed to work with dedicated, professional park staff that take a great deal of pride in providing the cleanest and safest parks for the citizens of Snohomish County.