King Conservation District appoints director

January 13, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

King Conservation District leaders have picked the interim executive director for the full-time role, the agency announced Monday.

Sara Hemphill has served in the interim role since January 2010, after serving as a consultant to the district for 10 years and logging almost 20 years on resource conservation and regulatory compliance projects.

“Sara will continue to play a key role in furthering the district’s goals and objectives,” district Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement. “Her unique blend of career experience and knowledge of the district have been invaluable over the past year.”

In addition to administrative duties, Hemphill continues to serve as the legislative strategist, lobbyist, and internal and external affairs facilitator, for the district.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners. The district has a 15-member staff.

In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

Landowners fund the district through a $10 per-parcel assessment fee. The state Conservation Commission — plus state, federal and local grants — also provides money for the district. The agency receives no ongoing operating budget from the Legislature.

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