Pierce County parks director named

September 13, 2013 

Tony Tipton, who has led key projects during three decades of work for Pierce County, has been selected as director of the county’s parks and recreation services.

County Executive Pat McCarthy named Tipton on Wednesday to succeed Kathy Kravit-Smith, who retired in June.

Most of Tipton’s 29-year career with Pierce County has been with public works and utilities. Since 2011, Tipton was assigned to senior management roles, most recently as special projects manager at the parks and recreation department. He previously helped merge the county’s two social service departments.

He also was project manager for the development of Chambers Bay golf course, site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Tipton will oversee 65 full-time employees and budgets totaling about $30 million.

McCarthy, who chose Tipton after a national search, said he brings “unique management experience to parks and recreation.”

She said in a statement that Tipton’s “expertise in project management, budgeting, strategic planning and customer service will benefit a department that’s dedicated to making Pierce County a fun place to live.”

Tipton, 53, started working for the county in the budget and finance department in 1984.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Tipton will earn an annual salary of $133,442. He starts his new duties Monday.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Pierce County Council.

steve.maynard@ thenewstribune.com

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