Jim McElhinny, one of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s most accomplished employees, will retire on June 30.
During his 35-year THPRD career, McElhinny has occupied a variety of roles. They include his current position, director of Park & Recreation Services, which he has held since 2000. He has also been director of Planning & Natural Resources and superintendent of Planning & Development.
McElhinny’s background also includes significant community service and distinguished involvement in external organizations. He has been on the board of directors of the Washington County Visitors Association for eight years. In addition, he has been a longtime advocate of the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program, raising funds to support the hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.
In 2009, McElhinny received the Oregon Recreation & Park Association’s highest honor, the Dave Clark Professional Honor Award. It is presented annually to an individual who, through incentive, inspiration and leadership, has made noteworthy contributions to the cause of parks and recreation in the state.
ORPA cited McElhinny’s outstanding work on legislative issues at the state and national levels.
“Even in a short conversation with Jim, you find out right away he is a dedicated public servant,” said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. “He has a great sense of humor that he uses to positive effect even in challenging situations. The list of achievements under his watch has been substantial. No question, we will miss him.”
Aisha Panas, THPRD’s director of Planning since July 2014, has been selected to succeed McElhinny. She joined the park district in August 2013 after 14 years with Washington County.
Panas will take over from McElhinny as leader of five major THPRD departments: Recreation, Sports, Aquatics, Natural Resources, and Programs & Special Activities.
"Aisha brings a solid history of management experience with a keen ability to lead, grow and maximize the abilities and efforts of the staff she will oversee," Menke said.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving 230,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, more than 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.
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Director – Communications
Date: June 24, 2015
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