Rec district appoints new board member

Rodney Roberts, new SEPRD board member.

Seaside resident Rodney Roberts will join the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board of directors, filling the seat left vacant by board president Alan Evans, who moved out of district. Roberts will be appointed Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the regular meeting of the board.

The board selected Roberts out of seven candidates interviewed for the board’s Position 5.

The board was impressed with Roberts’ experience working with local government bodies on the South Oregon Coast, as a sheriff, to provide recreational opportunities and writing grants, the rec district’s executive director Skyler Archibald said after the selection.

“He seemed very familiar with our programs and has a son who participates heavily in our programs,” Archibald said. “He’s retired right now, so he has ample time to participate. It was a really hard decision for the board to make because there were really four or five outstanding candidates.”

A former sheriff, Roberts is now retired.

A second district board seat, that held by Ed Hassan, will also be vacant this spring. Hassan, representing Position 4, will serve as acting board president until the May board election.

Candidate filing began Feb. 9 and goes through March 21.

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