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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director announces retirement, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone

December 2, 2013

​Contact: Chris Havel, 503-931-2590 (cell)

Salem OR - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood has publicly announced his retirement. His last day in the office will be January 10, 2014. Wood has been the department director since 2004. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet by phone at 3 p.m. December 6, 2013 to act on a short agenda related to recruitment of the agency's next director. The recruitment will be open December 9-January 10, 2014.

The Commission, a seven-member group of citizen volunteers appointed by the Governor to oversee agency policy, rules and budget, is also responsible for hiring its director.

"We are sad to see Director Wood leave the Department," says Jay Graves, Commission Chair. "But it's a well-earned rest. He's done a wonderful job of building a strong team that understand their mission is to give Oregonians great outdoor experiences and protect important historic places."

Wood joined the department in 1998 as operational manager of the state park system after a career in the U.S. Army where he last served as Commander, Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He competed for and became department director in 2004, becoming the chief executive for all agency programs and services, including the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, all-terrain vehicle safety, ocean shore recreation, state scenic waterways, and several community grant programs providing aid to local outdoor recreation and heritage projects.

The Commission meeting agenda includes action on a recruitment announcement and naming an interim director. The agenda and materials are posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx. Members of the public who wish to comment on the recruitment may do so in writing by email to oprd.publiccomment@state.or.us or regular mail so long as it is received by noon, December 6, 2013. A public survey is also online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oprddirector. Responses to the survey will be delivered to the Commission on 12/6/2013, but the survey will be left open until January 2, 2014.

To listen in on the commission deliberations or present comments in person, members of the public can come to the agency headquarters in Salem at 725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301 on 12/6/2013 at 3 p.m. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.