New Superintendent Named

Vincent Martorello, superintendent

The Willamalane Park and Recreation Board of Directors has chosen Vincent Martorello to be the next superintendent.

Martorello, one of five candidates vying for the position, is the current planning and facilities operations director and started with the district in 2013.

The board offered the position to Martorello on Wednesday and will now enter contract negotiations.

Starting salary for the new superintendent will fall within the advertised range of $125,000 to $135,000. Terms of the contract will be voted upon by the board at its Sept. 14 meeting.

In making the announcement, Board President Greg James said that Martorello’s proven track record, leadership skills and ability to provide a smooth transition within the district were key qualities they were seeking.

“We’re excited to be offering this position to Vincent Martorello,” said James. “We know he will provide stable leadership for years to come.”

James complimented the exceptional abilities of all five candidates and said he was pleased with the interview process, which included input from the public, community leaders, board and staff.

Since starting three years ago as Willamalane’s Planning and Development Manager, Martorello has overseen the planning and construction of a number of recent projects, many stemming from the successful $20 million bond measure passed in 2012.

The majority of those projects, including new or improved parks, playgrounds and trails, and the acquisition of natural areas, have been completed, or are currently underway.

This year, oversight of facility operations was also added to Martorello’s job duties.

Prior to Willamalane, Martorello served as the Director of Facilities at Oregon State University for eight years. In that position, he was responsible for the managing, planning, construction and maintenance of OSU’s buildings and grounds.

As superintendent, Martorello will oversee a $12 million operating budget, 158 full-time employees, five facilities, 45 parks, 25 playgrounds, 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, 1,500 acres of natural area and more than 500 recreation programs and classes.

Martorello will succeed Bob Keefer, who has served as Willamalane’s superintendent for 16 years. Keefer announced his retirement plans in June, stating that he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Christi, and family.

Martorello will officially start his new job on Oct. 22, following Keefer’s last day at the helm. In the meantime, Keefer and Martorello will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition.