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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 7, 2009
Contact: Nancy Buonanno Grennan, County Administrator
PHONE: 360-337-4403
NO: 09-54

Dunwiddie selected to head Kitsap's Parks & Recreation Department

(Port Orchard, WA) –  After an extensive community outreach process and a nationwide search, Kitsap County has selected James R. Dunwiddie as the new head of Kitsap’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Dunwiddie served the last twenty years as Assistant Director of Somerset County Park Commission, a large regional park system in New Jersey. He led budgeting, personnel, capital planning, development and operations for over 10,000 acres of park land, along with a variety of facilities and programs. 

“Jim brings a maturity and level of expertise that we are looking for. He has a proven track record developing and maintaining partnerships with community and user groups,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.  She added, “He impressed us by spending a considerable amount of time getting to know Kitsap County and our parks system.”  Commissioner Steve Bauer echoed her praise for Dunwiddie, adding, “He has integrity, a passion for parks, and proven success in leading a complex organization and a variety of staff.” 

“Jim not only has the essential experience in managing and operating parks and open spaces, he spends his personal time volunteering with local baseball, softball, soccer and golf leagues.  That experience gives Jim the ability to put together a program for Kitsap that is sustainable for the long term,” said Commissioner Josh Brown.  In 2001, the National Recreation and Park Association awarded Dunwiddie the Recognition of Significant Efforts (ROSE) Award honoring his outstanding community, volunteer service in the area of youth recreation, and his dedicated service to the parks and recreation profession.  He also has received many awards for his work on the Somerset County 4-H Fair.

Dunwiddie is a graduate of West Virginia University and has completed course work towards a Master’s degree in public administration from Kean University, “This is a crucial time for parks and recreation,” Dunwiddie stated when asked about the position. “People are learning to place more value on caring for the environment, and themselves, through wellness,” said Dunwiddie. “I am looking forward to relocating to the Kitsap Peninsula and working with the Kitsap community in the years to come,” he added.


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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014