We're losing Webbs Norman!

Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners announces that Webbs Norman will retire as executive director after 34 years of service; interim director named; board to work with the Illinois Association of Park Districts on a succession process

ROCKFORD, Ill.–The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners announced that Webbs Norman will retire as executive director and treasurer this June 1. Norman has just completed 34 years of service to the Rockford Park District. “All of us on the Board are incredibly grateful for all that Webbs has done to continue growing our outstanding park system and making it one of the best in the United States,” said Nate Martin, president of the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners. “Succession planning has been a high priority of the Board and Director, and Webbs has always kept his top management team fully involved in all matters affecting the District. Therefore, we all anticipate a smooth transition.”

During an Executive Session discussion, the Board reached a consensus to appoint Tim Dimke, a 34-year veteran, as interim executive director of the Rockford Park District. Official action will be taken on May 8.

“What’s so encouraging about Webbs’ retirement is that he wishes to write a comprehensive history of the Park District and to expand his involvement with the Park District Foundation in raising the funds needed to rejuvenate the Sinnissippi Riverfront facilities planned for the Park District’s 100th Anniversary in 2009. To write the history, the Board will appoint Norman as the District’s first official historian, a volunteer position,” Martin stated.

President Martin continued, “The Board has developed a succession planning program, which I will chair. The Park Board has retained the services of Dr. Ted Flickinger, CEO of I.A.P.D. (Illinois Association of Park Districts) over the past 25 years. The Park Board, working with Dr. Flickinger, will meet with a number of community leaders, program participants, and citizens over the next few months to define and identify the type of qualities needed in a new Park District leader. Once the profile is complete, an appropriate process will be established to select Norman’s successor.”

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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