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City begins search for parks director

With the resignation last week of Bremerton Parks Director Ken Mickelsen, city officials have begun their search for someone who will reject the status quo.

“Parks are going to be a high priority of mine in the next few years,” said Mayor Cary Bozeman. And with that he hopes to see significant upgrades in the department as a whole. Bozeman has already voiced his plans to improve accessibility and increase use at Forest Ridge and NAD parks.

In order to get these and other projects, including a community center on Naval Avenue, he is looking for someone he described as an “innovative entrepreneurial” type of director to bring in new ideas and new revenue sources.

This person would “understand the dynamic of how to turn around a business,” Bozeman added.

Tom Cressman, Bremerton parks and recreation superintendent, has been named interim director.

Mickelsen served as director of parks and recreation since August of 2004. Previously he served as Parks and Recreation Director of Ashland, Ore. for 24 years. He was selected from 30 applicants for the Bremerton position and replaced Jim Spencer who retired.

The city will conduct the search on its own and has posted a description of the job on its Web site. The position would pay between about $78,000-$98,000 depending on qualifications. The city is accepting applications through Feb. 22.

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