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Candidates announced for Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Feb. 12, 2014

Salem OR - After initial interviews earlier in February, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has named the final three candidates for Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). They are:

Jim Desmond. Desmond is currently director of the Sustainability Center at Metro, where he has worked since 1995, also serving as Regional Parks and Greenspaces director and Land Acquisition and Conservation program manager. Before that, he was a project manager for the Trust for Public Lands, and a regional attorney for The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina.

Lisa Van Laanen. Van Laanen is currently interim director for OPRD, where she has worked since 2007, also serving as an Assistant Director. She served a brief stint as Chief of Staff for the Oregon Education Investment Board in 2013, and before OPRD worked as the statewide e-commerce management coordinator at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and internal auditor for the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Eric Wold. Wold is currently natural resources manager for the City of Eugene's Parks and Open Space Division, where he has worked since 2007. Before that, he served as both the interim director and wetland program supervisor for the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division.

Second interviews will take place on February 19. After formal interviews, candidates will meet informally with Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commissioners by phone from 3-4 p.m. at 2501 1st Ave SW in Portland, Oregon.

On February 20 at 1 p.m., the Commission will meet in executive session by phone to consider employment of the director. A public phone meeting hosted at 775 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon will start at 2 p.m. to deliberate and act on the hiring decision. The agenda for the meeting is online at http://tinyurl.com/9vy72bo .

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx .