I was out of the office much of the afternoon and just saw this news release:
State Parks Director Rex Derr announced late Tuesday that he will retire on Nov. 30.
Derr, who will be 62 in June, said he and his wife Anne want to pursue their outdoor recreation passions and spend time with children and grandchildren in other parts of the country, said a news release from the agency. Derr informed the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission of his decision at the end of a public work session Tuesday in Olympia. Derr said he announced his plans early to give the commission time to recruit and hire a new director and to put a transition plan in place.
Derr has served for 33 years with Washington State Parks, becoming director in 2002. Before joining State Parks, he was a National Park Service ranger.
“This timing for my retirement is just right for my wife Anne and me,” Derr said in the release. “Our state and country are in challenging times, but I believe the state park system is in good hands. I know Washington citizens, state policy makers, the commission and staff can keep the momentum going on our Centennial 2013 goals and can keep up the standards we’ve set for a high-quality park system.”
The commission will discuss recruitment of a new director and will be working on a transition plan for the agency, the release said.