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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: June 4, 2009
Contact: Nancy Buonanno Grennan, County Administrator
Phone: 360-337-4403
No: 09-34

Faver steps down as County Parks & Recreation Director

Arvilla Ohlde to be Interim Director

(Port Orchard, WA) –  Chip Faver announced on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, that he is resigning from his position of  Director of Kitsap County*s Department of Parks and Recreation. Faver joined Kitsap County in February 2007 after a long career in parks and recreation programming, including serving as Director of Services and Recreation for the United States Air Force. 

In announcing his decision, Faver stated, “The time spent serving Kitsap County and its citizens has been an incredibly rich learning opportunity. I have developed friendships here that will last through many years to come and have an appreciation for the people I worked with – they are an incredible team serving the citizens of Kitsap day in and day out.” Faver will pursue municipal parks opportunities in the Southwest.

“Chip’s enthusiasm and energy will be missed,” stated Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “He certainly left the Parks Department in a better place than when he arrived two and a half years ago.  In that short time, he put a tremendous team in place in our parks capital planning section, solidified our maintenance and special events divisions, and initiated financial management systems, among others. We will miss him here in Kitsap, and we wish him well as he returns to the Southwest which he spoke so fondly of during his time here.”

Until the position can be permanently filled, Arvilla Ohlde will be the Department’s Interim Director. She has 35 years’ experience in Parks and Recreation, including serving as parks director for the City of Edmonds and for the City of Bremerton. She currently serves on the Mason County Parks and Trails Advisory Committee, and received the 2004 Washington Recreation & Parks Association Distinguished Service Award, as well as past president of the organization.  Faver had contracted with Ohlde for a number of projects while recruiting for parks planning staff and recommended her as his interim replacement. “I can’t imagine leaving the Parks Department in better hands than Arvilla’s – she is nationally respected in the field and will serve the citizens well,” said Faver.



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