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Victoria Parks Director Doug Cochran resigns after 23 years

By BY MELISSA CROWE - MCROWE@VICAD.COM
Feb. 15, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.


Victoria Parks and Recreation Director Doug Cochran is stepping down from his position.

Cochran, who has served as parks director since May 15, 1989, gave a verbal resignation this week, said City Manager Charmelle Garrett.

"Anytime somebody serves 23 years in the public sector, they're to be commended," Garrett said. "Doug did a good job with the parks department, and he's to be commended for the projects he shepherded."

Cochran did not return phone calls Friday seeking comment on his reason for leaving the city.

Cochran championed development around the community center including the first successful parks-related bond election in 30 years that funded the Youth Sports Complex and the city skate park.

He also spearheaded improvements and renovations to Riverside Park, the creation of the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail and the Lone Tree Creek Splashpad, which opens this summer, Garrett said.

Last week, he and the Development Services Department released the "Paseo de Victoria," a pedestrian and bicycle master plan for transportation and recreation. In March, under his direction, the parks department unveiled a master parks plan that outlined 30 projects totaling $13.82 million.

"He's done a lot during his tenure with the city," Garrett said.

Human Resources Director Cheryl Marthiljohni said Cochran's official last day is April 30.

The parks department has two assistant directors: Kevin Stewart, who oversees maintenance, and Andrea Blomberg, who oversees recreation. They will continue in their roles, Garrett said.

She said she hopes to start advertising the job in March.

"I have faith that Andrea and Kevin will do a good job in the interim," she said.

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