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Willamalane is accepting applications to fill one open position on its board of directors. The appointee will serve the remainder of Gary Ross’ term, which expires June 30. Ross is resigning because he is moving outside the district.

Willamalane policy allows the board to appoint a replacement through an application and interview process. Applicants to the board position must be registered voters who reside within the district’s boundaries. The board is composed of five lay members elected by the registered voters of the district to serve volunteer, staggered four-year terms. Each member represents the district at large rather than serving separate precincts.

Interested candidates may pick up an application during regular business hours at Bob Keefer Center, 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield, or download an application at willamalane.org. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m., with the appointment expected to be made that evening.

The functions of the board include reviewing and adopting the annual budget and determining policy for the district, among other duties. Regular board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Bob Keefer Center.

For more information regarding the process, contact Executive Assistant Rita Grimes at 541-736-4002.

Ross, who has served on the board for 13 years, said he is proud of the many accomplishments the district has achieved in that time. He cited the acquisition of the Regional Sports Center (now known as Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation); expanding paths and trails with the opening of both the Middle Fork and Mill Race paths; and significantly expanding the district’s parks and natural areas, which now total 1,500 acres.

“It’s been an honor to serve the community and work with the board and staff,” Ross said. “It’s the easiest job I’ve ever had, because it never felt like a job.”

Board President Greg James commended Ross for the significant contributions he has made on the board.

“Gary’s vast knowledge of organizational history, eye for capitalizing on opportunities others would not recognize, and incredible vision for Willamalane’s critical role in making Springfield a bright and inviting community will be sorely missed,” said James.

Ross and his wife, Judy Andrews, will make their new home in Sisters.

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