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Application and Selection Process for Position #1 on the Parks and Recreation Commission

Ashland Parks and Recreation Logo Former Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Leslie Eldridge, has resigned from the Commission effective July 31, 2023, to accept the Interim Director role for APRC. Her resignation vacates Position #1 through December 31, 2024.
Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) is overseen by five (5) elected officials, each serving 4-year terms.1 The mission of the Parks and Recreation Commission is to provide and promote recreational opportunities and to preserve and maintain public lands. The Commission holds regular business meetings the 2nd Wednesday each month, and study sessions are typically held the 1st Wednesday of the month. All Commissioners serve on at least one APRC subcommittee focused on specific service areas offered by APRC, which include, but are not limited to Senior Services, Recreation, Parks Maintenance and Conservation, and Long-Range Planning.
The deadline to apply for Position #1 on the Parks and Recreation Commission is Wednesday, August 23, 5 p.m. The Commission will lead the vetting process of applications. Once the Parks Commission interviews the applicants, they will recommend and forward a finalist to City Council for final approval. The appointee's term of office shall begin immediately upon appointment and shall continue until the end of current term of office. This position will be up for election in November of 2024. Interested applicants may apply online at
For more information on submitting an application, including special assistance on accessing an application, please contact the Clerk of the Council Pro Tem, Dana Smith,, 541.488.5307. For general questions about the Commission, please contact APRC Deputy Director, Rachel Dials, or 541.488.5340.
For information on APRC visit Information on the City of Ashland at

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1 Article XIX of the City Charter establishes the position of Park Commissioner as an elected position. Article XXII establishes the Recreation Commission and states that the positions of Recreation Commissioner shall be filled by the elected Park Commissioners.

Released August 10, 2023 

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