Parks board fills vacancy
Wendy Kroger has been appointed to the board of directors of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Kroger has been a volunteer with an extensive history of service to the park district.
She fills the vacancy created when board member Jerry Jones Jr. resigned this winter, following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Kroger's first public meeting with the five-member board will be Tuesday, April 10. The appointment will continue until June 30, 2019.
Voters then will be asked to decide who will serve the remainder of Jones' initial term, which was to last until June 30, 2021. That election will happen in May 2019.
The THPRD board announced Kroger's appointment Monday, March 12, at their regular monthly meeting. She was selected from a pool of 26 applicants, 10 of whom were interviewed by the board on March 6.
"To be able to add a person of Wendy's caliber to our board is exciting," said Ali Kavianian, board president. "We were delighted with the quality of the applicant pool as a whole, but Wendy's combination of knowledge, collaborative skills, experience and passion for our mission made her number one in our minds. We can't wait to begin working with her."
Kroger's background includes 24 years as a community volunteer; the last 14 in Beaverton and 10 in Salem before that. She has held a variety of committee positions with THPRD, including chair of the Trails Advisory Committee for five years and one year as member of the Parks Bond Citizen Oversight Committee.
She served two stints on the City of Beaverton's Planning Commission (2005-06 and 2014-16). She was also on the Salem Planning Commission, serving as president for two years.
She has worked in various roles in federal and state government in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Nevada, specializing primarily in labor, employment and training.
Kroger has a master's degree from the University of Oregon. She is a master gardener and has won several awards for her community service.
The City of Salem named a park in her honor in 2003.
THPRD was formed in 1955 and is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving approximately 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area.