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Posted on: November 5, 2020

State Parks Commission to hold special meeting on Nov. 9

Meeting will focus on new director hiring process

OLYMPIA – Nov. 5, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting on Nov. 9. The purpose of the meeting is to begin the hiring process for a new state park director.

The special meeting begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. During the meeting, the commission will discuss and approve the position description and the recruiting, assessment and selection process for the agency director position. An agenda is available on the State Parks website.

Earlier this week, current State Parks Director Don Hoch announced he will retire March 2, 2021, after more than 10 years as the agency’s director. He has been with State Parks since 2004, starting as manager for the agency’s Puget Sound region. Director Hoch will be moving to Georgia to spend more time with his family.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is charged with the responsibility of determining qualifications of and selecting a State Parks director (RCW 79A.05.070(8)).

The special meeting will be conducted remotely. The public can participate in the meeting by using one of the following phone numbers:

Seattle toll: 206-207-1700
U.S. toll: 415-655-0001

Meeting access code: 133 265 2185

No public comment will be taken during the meeting.

News media contacts:
Anna Gill, Communications Director, (360) 902-8562 

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 

News release number: 20-056

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