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City of Mercer Island Announces New Parks and Recreation Director

Jessi Bon
June 8, 2018 - The City of Mercer Island is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessi Bon as the new Parks and Recreation Director; she will begin employment on August 1, 2018.

Jessi has over 20 years of experience in municipal government and a strong passion for public service. Over the last two years she has served as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Sammamish, and prior to that was its Director of Parks and Recreation for 10 years.

"This is an exciting and challenging time for our Parks and Recreation Department and the entire City. I believe Jessi will provide the solid experience, positive and imaginative attitude, and steady leadership that will carry the Parks and Recreation Department, and our City, into the future. I look forward to welcoming her to our organization," said Julie Underwood, Mercer Island City Manager.

Jessi moved to Mercer Island in 2010 when she met her husband Mike (an Island native), and her entire family, including twin three-year-old girls, are avid park users and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. She earned a B.S. from Western Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University. Jessi replaces former Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Fletcher, who retired in April 2018

"It is an honor to be selected to serve my own community as the new Parks and Recreation Director. As a mom to two young girls, I believe our parks system is critical to supporting an active and livable community and I personally benefit every day from our wonderful outdoor treasures. I look forward to collaborating with the community and our partners on the many opportunities ahead, she said.

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