She joined the THPRD board a little more than a year ago; seeks to become the district's communications director.

Holly Thompson has submitted a letter of resignation from the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board of Directors, a little more than a year after she won election to the seat in May 2017. Holly Thompson

Thompson said she has thrown her hat into the ring to be the district's new director of communications. Bob Wayt, longtime communications director, retired as of this month.

"Once I knew I wanted to go for that job, I decided to step off the board," Thompson said. "It was just the right thing to do."

The parks district leadership expects to name a new communications director by this fall, Wayt said earlier.

The board will accept Thompson's resignation at its Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The board also will discuss options for appointing a replacement to fill the vacancy. Board members may consider making their appointment as early as that meeting.

An appointee would serve until June 30, 2019.

In May 2019, voters will be asked to determine who will serve the remainder of Thompson's term, which is set to expire June 2021.

The board completed a similar appointment process this spring to fill a vacant director position with Wendy Kroger, a longtime THPRD volunteer, who replaced Jerry Jones Jr. after he was pressured to resign over sexual harassment allegations.

The board will determine what portion, if any, of the most-recent replacement process will be used to make the next appointment.

"It's been a tremendous honor to serve on the board," Thompson said. "But I'm very excited to throw my hat in the ring for this job."

The other members of the THPRD Board are Kroger, Ali Kavianian (president through June 2019), Felicita Monteblanco and John Griffiths.

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