Park district names replacement board member |

Park district names replacement board member

Jenny Goldsmith/Sierra SunChris Arth is a newly appointed board member for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District. Arth was chosen for the interim position during Thursday's board meeting.

Kevin McCall has stepped down from his position as board director for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District after serving three years of his four-year term.

On Thursday evening, the board interviewed five candidates for the vacant position and selected long-time-Truckee resident Chris Arth to fill the interim spot.

“She was an excellent candidate,” said board Chairman Marshall Lewis. “She had the broadest network of parents and kids.”

Board members said they elected Arth based on her extensive involvement with young families in the community, as well as to add another female voice to the board.

Arth attributed her interest in parenting for attracting the board’s support.

“I have been teaching Mommy and Me classes at the rec center for 20 years, so this was just a natural progression for me,” said Arth on her willingness to serve as a director.

Arth’s duties will include attending monthly board meetings, serving on a variety of committees, as well as providing a communication medium between patrons and board officials. She will also help oversee planning of the new recreation center.

“She’s so well-respected, and she has so many great connections,” said board secretary Peter Werbel. “If we go to bond measure in the second phase [of the new community recreation center], she’ll be a great asset.”

Arth will fill the temporary position until the next board election in November 2008, but said she hopes to be re-elected to a full term.

“I would like to have a part in maintaining the professionalism and integrity of the current staff,” she said. “Rec and park feels like my second home and the staff is like my family.”

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