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Date: April 18, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481                                      
No. 06-30

Mauren Stepping Down as County Facilities, Parks and Recreation Director

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Mark Mauren announced on Tuesday, April 18, that he is stepping down as Director of Kitsap County’s Department of Facilities, Parks and Recreation. Mauren joined Kitsap County in October 2005 following more than twenty years of service with Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

In announcing his decision, Mauren stated, “I've enjoyed my work with the county over the past six months. However, I’ve come to realize that the commitment of time and energy this position requires is taking away from quality time with my family. Also, my first love is natural resources, so I would like once again to focus my career in that direction.”

“Mark has performed admirably for the county in working with citizen groups and in keeping the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan moving forward,” said Cris Gears, who served as Director of the county’s Facilities, Parks and Recreation Department from 2001 to June 2005, when he accepted his current position as County Administrator. “His experience in the area of natural resource management and planning is top notch, and we will miss his enthusiasm and expertise. It will now be incumbent on us to ensure that we successfully recruit a new director that shares Mark’s passion for natural resources and also possesses a blend of skills that focuses on facilities management, contract administration and recreation program development.”

Until the position can be permanently filled, Beverly Reeves, the department’s Superintendent of Operations, will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations for the department, which has approximately 60 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $5.5 million. 

“We are sorry to see Mark go, but we mutually agree that sometimes an individual is just not the right fit for a particular position for any number of reasons,” said Jan Angel, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “With his vast experience in natural resources, I am sure Mark will be able to find a position that better suits his professional interests and will take less time away from his family.”

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014