IDPR Director Has Announced Retirement
IDAHO (April 23, 2014) - Nancy Merrill, The Director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), announced last week to the Idaho Park and Recreation Board and staff her intention to retire in July, and requested the board initiate a search process to replace her.
Merrill, who would have celebrated her 5th anniversary with the agency in September, said the timing of the announcement was to “ensure that the succession-planning process will be deliberate and seamless until the proper person is found, and that a smooth transition follows.”
Merrill was named director in September, 2009.
“Nancy Merrill has guided the Idaho Department of Parks through volatile budget times for our state and was successful in implementing creative approaches to our long-term sustainability as an agency,” said Idaho Park and Recreation Board Chairman Charles Correll.
“Her legacy will be as a savvy businesswoman and a great supporter of parks and recreation access in Idaho—who did her job with grace and enthusiasm.”
Correll said the agency will work in conjunction with the Idaho Department of Human Resources (DHR) to conduct a thorough, in-state and nation-wide solicitation process.
During Merrill’s tenure, IDPR implemented the Idaho State Park Passport Program, secured funding for critical capital needs repairs, implemented business and marketing plans for all 30 state parks, and is fiscally stronger than when she began her tenure. The agency and individual parks were also re-branded during Merrill’s tenure with the help of local artist, Ward Hooper.
She currently manages 30 state parks and recreation programs for both motorized and non-motorized trail use and boating in Idaho.
“My desire to retire is really a family decision, my husband will retire this spring and the agency is really headed in the right direction, it’s the right time to turn over the reins,” she said. Retiring for me does not mean I stop. My life has always been one of service. I plan on continuing to serve where ever I am needed for as long as I can.”
“Today, the agency is in a much better place than when I started as director. When I realize the struggles and growth we’ve gone through, it’s tremendously satisfying.”
She points to the agency’s efforts and success to bridge dramatic budget gaps and implement the Idaho State Parks Passport as a milestone launching point for the agency’s future growth and as “transformative to the stability of the agency. I’m proud to have played a key role in that process.”
Merrill served as Mayor of the City of Eagle before becoming IDPR director.
"I have had the privilege of working with many dedicated staff, volunteers, great board members, a very supportive husband and family,” Merrill said.
“Many of those people have taught me a lot. I am most proud of how the agency has served Idahoans and visitors to this great state.”
Information on the position is available at: http://www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/seeking-director