DNR appoints new parks and rec director
Jun 14, 2018 | 555 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Mike Styler has named Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, as the division’s new director, according to a press release issued June 11.

Rasmussen has served as the division’s interim director since March, when former director, Fred Hayes passed away unexpected at his home in Heber City. Rasmussen has more than 25 years of experience with State Parks and has served as the division’s deputy director since 2012.

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has been successfully managed and thriving in recent years. Jeff’s contribution to that success is obvious and commendable,” said Styler. “Our state parks system is in wonderful shape. Jeff has tremendous passion and shares Fred’s vision of success. We will move forward continuing to meet the growing needs of outdoor recreation in Utah and aggressively developing and creating new recreational opportunities statewide.”

Rasmussen began his State Parks career in 1992 as a park ranger at Antelope Island State Park. He was later assigned to Palisade State Park, where he served as park ranger for five years. In 1998 he became the assistant park manager at Yuba State Park and was later promoted to park manager in 2002. Prior to his assignment as deputy director, Rasmussen served as manager of the north region overseeing the parks in that area.

“I’m thankful for the support and confidence placed in me to lead State Parks forward. Our 44 state parks and programs play a critical role in meeting the growing outdoor recreation needs of Utah families, including boating, off-highway vehicle adventures, hiking, golfing, camping and reliving our past at historical parks and museums,” Rasmussen said. “The division continues to experience significant growth year after year and we’re committed to adding new and exciting recreational activities and amenities to meet the increasing demand.”

Rassmussen came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where he earned his B.S. degree in geography and a minor in natural resources.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.