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Metro Parks Tacoma names assistant executive director

April 13, 2017

Peter Mayer brings a wealth of leadership experience in parks and recreation

Peter Mayer, chief operating officer for the Snohomish Health District, has been selected as assistant executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, where he will oversee business operations.

His first day is April 27. He succeeds Shon Sylvia, who was appointed Metro Parks executive director following the 2016 retirement of Jack C. Wilson.

Mayer spent five years as chief operating officer of the Snohomish County health agency, which serves 772,000 residents with an annual budget of $16 million. Before that he devoted 16 years to running parks and recreation operations in Clark County, Mercer Island and Skagit County.

He also is past president of the Washington Recreation and Park Association and was a founder of the nonprofit Intertwine Alliance, a trust supporting public parks in the Vancouver and Portland metropolitan area.

Mayer holds a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration from Washington State University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.

“We are so fortunate to have attracted someone with Peter Mayer’s depth and breadth of industry experience,” Sylvia said. “He is a true community builder and collaborator.”

Metro Parks Tacoma manages nearly nearly 3,000 acres of park and recreation lands, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, four community centers and hundreds of recreation programs, with annual operating expenditures of nearly $51 million.

Mayer is a native of Anacortes, but he has roots in Tacoma. His great-grandfather was Aaron Titlow, who owned and developed the tidewater resort site that is now Titlow Park.