BPRD board member resigns; search begins for replacement

Bend Park and Recreation District Board Member Lauren Sprang announced her resignation Tuesday, saying she wanted to pursue other opportunities.

“My time serving on the board has been a true privilege. Being elected and representing one’s community is an honor,” said Sprang in a written statement. “I know the district will continue to strive for excellent service, a safe and connected trail system, and access for as many community members as possible, especially those who are underserved.”

Sprang said she wanted to be involved with the community in less public ways. Sprang volunteers on the board of a national animal protection nonprofit, Vegan Outreach, and runs a weekly writing group in Bend. Previously, she worked as a senior technical writer at Pearson and then at Apple, writing and editing software documentation.

“Lauren’s perspective was always valued and appreciated and we wish her all the best,” said Ted Schoenborn, board chairman. “To continue our priorities to deliver the highest quality parks, trails and recreation services, we will seek to fill the vacancy with another community representative who brings enthusiasm, intelligence and a drive to make Bend a great place to live.”

Sprang was elected in May 2017. The current term would have expired June 30, 2021. The four members of the Board of Directors will fill the vacancy by appointment.

Applications will be accepted from Nov. 23 to Dec. 10.  Finalists will be selected and invited to present short presentations at the Jan. 7, 2020 board meeting before an appointment is confirmed.

For information on the board appointment process, visit https://www.bendparksandrec.org/about/board-of-directors/.

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