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Ashland advertises parks commission vacancy

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The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission announced a vacancy Thursday, along with the process established to replace former commissioner Mike Gardiner.

Gardiner resigned from Position No. 3 — a term lasting through Dec. 31. APRC will vet applications and submit three ranked candidates to Ashland City Council for one selection, according to a news release. Once approved, the appointee’s term of office takes effect immediately.

The council settled Monday on three for the number of candidates that must be submitted for the vacant post. Parks commissioners are elected officers per Article 3 of the city charter, which states that vacancies must be filled within 60 days by the City Council selecting a qualified person.

The deadline to apply for the appointment is Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. APRC is composed of five elected officials serving four-year terms.

“The mission of the Parks and Recreation Commission is to provide and promote recreational opportunities and to preserve and maintain public lands,” according to the release.

APRC holds regular business meetings the second Wednesday of each month and study sessions the first Wednesday of the month. All commissioners serve on at least one subcommittee, which include senior services, recreation, parks maintenance and conservation, and long-range planning, among others.

For more information on submitting an application, including for special assistance, contact City Recorder Melissa Huhtala by email at melissahuhtala@ashland.or.us or by phone at 541-552-2084. For general questions about APRC, contact Parks Director Michael Black at michael.black@ashland.or.us or 541-488-5340.

Information is also listed on the city website.