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November 16, 2010 > Special Life Event: Park district announces new General Manager

Special Life Event: Park district announces new General Manager

Submitted By Shelly Lewis

On November 8, 2010, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors announced that Robert E. Doyle was selected to become the new general manager of the Park District effective January 1, 2011. Doyle will replace retiring General Manager Pat O'Brien. Doyle, the current Assistant General Manager for Interagency and Regional Trail Planning, Land Acquisition and Environmental Review, has spent 35 years working at the Park District. He began his career as a Park Ranger working in seven Regional Parks, moving to the Planning & Design Department as a Resource Analyst, and then to the Land Acquisition Department as the Trail Specialist, and later Chief of Land and Trail Planning before becoming an Assistant General Manager in 1990.

"The choice of Bob Doyle is an excellent selection. Bob's extensive experience in the overall operations of the Park District and his experience in governmental and legislative affairs render a continuation and enhancement of the strong traditions of the general managers who have lead this agency," states O'Brien.

"The Board and I feel very fortunate that Bob will bring his extensive experience both with the Park District and in legislative affairs to the job," announced Doug Siden, President of the Park District Board of Directors.

Doyle's achievements at the Park District include authoring expenditure plans for both the $500 million Measure WW Regional Open Space, Wildlife, Shoreline and Parks Bond Extension approved by voters in 2008, and the earlier Measure AA approved in 1988. He developed the master plan for the Park District's nationally recognized multi-use urban trail system, which was the recent recipient of a $10.2 million U.S. Department of Transportation Grant and was the lead negotiator for a partnership with the Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan that has resulted in thousands of acres of preserved open space in East Contra Costa County in the past three years.

"Bob has shown his dedication to the environment and the Park District beginning in high school. This is quite remarkable, as is his extensive knowledge of open space in the East Bay," adds Board Vice President, Beverly Lane.

Doyle is a founding member of Save Mt. Diablo, a nonprofit land trust and conservation organization. As Board President, he led the organization from 1,000 to 5,000 members. He also was a board member of the Bay Area Open Space Council, and a founding board member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, and was appointed to the first Board of Directors of the Agricultural - Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County. He has received industry recognition including a Mountain Star Award from Save Mt. Diablo (2002) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from California Trails and Greenways (2010).

He attended Diablo Valley College, San Francisco State University, and Saint Mary's College in Moraga as well as completing continuing education courses at University of California at Davis, the International Right of Way Association, and the National Park and Recreation Association. He is a resident of Walnut Creek and was born and raised in Contra Costa County.

The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park district in the nation with 65 parks, over 100,000 acres of parkland, and 1,100 miles of trails. It operates in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with a population of over 2.5 million residents east of San Francisco.

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