The Natrona County Board of County Commissioners selected Dave North to fill a Natrona County Parks Board vacancy on Tuesday, March 5. The commissioners selected North to fill Brian J. Stack’s vacant seat.
Parks Director Matt Buhler said Stack was retiring. North joins Buhler, Stuart Hill, Tina Cruise, James Miller and Roy Buck on the board.
The commissioners said they selected North because of his knowledge and because they didn’t think he would bring a one-sided agenda to the Parks Board.
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“Dave brings a lot to the table for this,” said Commissioner Forrest Chadwick. “For me, the lack of a specific agenda was a big part of supporting him.”
“When you have a specific passion, I don’t think you can be objective in some cases,” said Vice Chairman Paul Bertoglio. “I think [North] is going to make a great board member.”
North is the owner of DNS Environmental, which offers environment and safety consulting. The commissioners interviewed North and five other candidates Tuesday morning. After conducting the interviews, they selected North around noon.
The other candidates were Matthew Russell, Douglas Irvine, John Bailey, Erik Aune and Margo Spurrier.
The commissioners asked the candidates questions about how they would serve on the Parks Board, which is an advisory board that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.
In addition to questions about what the candidates would like to see done on Casper Mountain, Alcova Lake, Hell’s Half Acre and other Natrona County Parks, the commissioners also asked the candidates whether they thought it would be a good idea to give the Parks Board additional powers and responsibilities.
The commissioners asked if the candidates thought the Park Board could be more effective if it could directly take some actions rather than only advise the Board of County Commissioners.
Chairman Rob Hendry said that giving the Parks Board the ability to directly approve some things like posting signs or allocate funding was something the commissioners have discussed, but said there are no concrete plans to modify the Park Board’s powers at this time.
North previously interviewed to fill a vacancy on the Board of County Commissioners. That board selected Brook Kaufman to fill that vacancy on Feb. 19.