King Conservation District appoints director

January 13, 2011

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.

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Conservation district voters elect new board member

March 23, 2010

King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and the president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board last week. Read more

Conservation district voters elect new board member

March 17, 2010

NEW — 11:44 a.m. March 17, 2010

King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board Tuesday.

Prinsen pulled ahead of four other candidates — including former Issaquah wetland biologist Kirk Prindle — to win a three-year term on the five-member board. Prinsen received about 42 percent of the vote; Prindle placed fourth in the race.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners. The all-volunteer governing board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the state Conservation Commission.

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Vote for new King Conservation District board member Tuesday

March 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2010

Voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in the King Conservation District will choose from five candidates for a board seat Tuesday.

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

A five-person board of supervisors oversees the district. The board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by state Conservation Commission.

The candidates include former Issaquah city wetland biologist Kirk Prindle. Officials eliminated the position last year during a round of layoffs.

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Former city biologist seeks conservation district seat

March 9, 2010

Kirk Prindle

Kirk Prindle, a former Issaquah city employee known for efforts to protect the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon, seeks to re-enter the public sector next week with a King Conservation District post.

Voters in Issaquah and across most of King County will elect a new member to the conservation district board March 16. The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

Prindle seeks to join the five-member board tasked with running the district and awarding dozens of grants to Issaquah and other cities to fund environmental projects. Read more

File to run for King Conservation District seat by Feb. 16

February 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 1, 2010

King Conservation District voters will elect a member to the board of supervisors next month. The district includes Issaquah and most of King County.

Candidates for the March 16 election must file at the district office in Renton by Feb. 16. The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

A five-person board of supervisors oversees the district. The board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by state Conservation Commission.

Potential candidates must complete a candidate information form and nominating petition with at least 25 district voters’ signatures. The petition must be submitted to the district office — 1107 S.W. Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton  — by 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

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Carnation man wins conservation district seat

March 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 26, 2009

Preston Drew won the March 19 election for a King Conservation District Board of Supervisors seat, according to unofficial election results released by the district.

Drew, a Carnation resident endorsed by the King County Republican Party, clinched the seat with 1,357 votes. He outpaced Seattle write-in candidate Mark Sollitto by 158 votes. A third candidate, Carnation resident David Mauk, garnered 175 votes.

Drew will serve a three-year term on the five-member volunteer board. Members oversee district operations, staff and financial administration. The district budgets about $2.5 million to fund operations and its staff of about 17 full-time employees.

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