Richard Bonine has been hired as the new director of the CCPRD

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS - Richard Bonine conducting a tour of a proposed dog park in Port Angeles, Wash.

A panel of six volunteer community members, along with the five Crook County Parks and Recreation District (CCPRD) board members, has unanimously decided to hire Richard Bonine, currently living in Port Angeles Wash., as the new Director.

“I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the community and starting my new position,” said Bonine, who replaces long-time Director Maureen Booher, who resigned earlier this year. Bonine will begin his duties on Nov. 1.

The CCPRD received six applications for the position, most coming from parks and recreation people who became aware of the opening through industry web sites and publications. Only one of the applicants was from Crook County, the rest were from around the state and northwest.

An “interview panel,” comprised of a cross-section of business and community citizens, was selected and used by the CCPRD board to screen and interview all the candidates.

Members of the panel included Larry Smith, Molly Key, Rod Barnes, John Allen, Rick Steber, and Matt Mercer from the Bend Park and Recreation District. Mercer, Director of Recreation with the Bend District, was added to the panel both because of his objectivity and many years of experience with recreation programs.

Bonine, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, brings with him approximately 19 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation field.

His experience includes serving as Assistant Director of Admissions/Intramural Programs at Phillips University in Oklahoma for three years.

Bonine also managed the city-wide Leisure Services Division for the City of Lawton Okla. for six years. This included overseeing a swimming pool and spray park, three senior recreation centers, three youth centers, six softball/baseball facilities, one soccer field, one skateboard and inline skate rink, and two regional lakes with campsites.

Most recently, Bonine served as the Manager of the Recreation and Volunteer Divisions for the city of Port Angeles, Wash. That city has 28 city parks, two community gardens, a saltwater boat launch, skateboard facility, community center, citywide trail system, and numerous athletic fields.

Jeannie Searcy, who’s been the CCPRD Business Manager for 25 years, is excited about Bonine joining the District.

“Richard will fit in very well in Prineville; he’s been vacationing here for a number of years and already knew a lot about the parks district. And having been raised in a small community he understands the needs and challenges that we face.”

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