Kimble resigns from Parks Board

Citing the demands of his new job in Seattle, Dave Kimble on Thursday announced his resignation from the South Kitsap Com-munity Parks Board of Directors.

Kimble, who in recent months criticized the board for impeding commercial development that would help stabilize its shaky finances, said his decision to quit had nothing to do with that or any other comments he may have made about the board.

“I just can’t put in the time to the park that I’d like,” he said. “I’m going to be commuting to Seattle and working some really significant hours.”

Kimble, who would only say he had taken a job with the federal government, said he applied for the job years ago — long before his re-election bid last November. He said he hoped that his replacement would have the time and energy needed to “continue to move the board forward.” Kimble mentioned Mary Colburn, who had run against him in a write-in campaign last year, as a top candidate for the seat.

He wouldn’t say whether he exactly endorsed her as a replacement, but said she appeared to have what he considered to be the necessary qualifications.

“This is a critical time for the park,” Kimble said. “The ideal candidate is someone who has a part-time job and can give equal time to the park.”

Parks Board Chair Larry Walker said the board will have to go through a full interview process in order to find a replacement — the same process they went through when Walker was appointed. However, Walker said it will be tough to find someone who can truly replace Kimble, who “brought a lot to the table.”

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