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Shanna Duggan was selected for the parks and recreation position following a nation-wide search.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CITY OF ST. HELENS - Shanna Duggan is selected as the new Parks and Recreation Manager for the City of St. Helens.The city of St. Helens has a new parks and recreation manager.

The job goes to Shanna Duggan, who is currently the city's recreation manager.

St. Helens searched nationally for the position, which was created to oversee the city's parks and recreation divisions. The two divisions, previously separate, were recently combined.

In the end, the city chose to promote from within. Duggan was hired out of more than 30 applicants from throughout the United States.

Duggan takes the helm at a time when major improvements are underway at parks in St. Helens.

As examples, there are major improvement projects at McCormick Park and Campbell Park. There are plans for improvements at Columbia View Park and Godfrey Park.

The city recently announced plans for a new recreation center after acquiring the former First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2625 Gable Road. The idea is to expand recreation programs and opportunities throughout the St. Helens community.

According to a statement from the city: "Duggan will now be tasked with ensuring the successful continuation of the Parks and Recreation Division's capital improvement projects as well as ensuring that the St. Helens community has sufficient recreational opportunities and safe spaces to enjoy the outdoors."

Duggan, a St. Helens resident, has spent a decade working for the city.

According to the city, she was hired in December 2010 as a utility billing specialist. In 2018, Duggan transitioned to working part-time in the utility billing division and part-time as a recreation coordinator when the city first created its recreation program.

In July 2019, Duggan was promoted to a full-time position as the city's recreation manager.

Duggan, the mother of three children, is a founding member of the Columbia County Sole Sisters community group. She is also a member of Connect St. Helens, the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network and the Columbia County Health Coalition.

She was recently named one of the city's 2020 Employees of the Year.


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