Press Release

October 06, 2021

State Parks announces resignation of agency Director

OLYMPIA – Oct. 6, 2021 – Today the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission received the voluntary resignation of Director Pete Mayer. Mayer's decision to resign is based on the best interest of his family and he steps down as director to pursue other opportunities closer to his new home. The commission appreciates Mayer's service to Parks and the citizens of Washington state. Mayer was initially appointed as director in March 2021.

Peter Herzog, a current assistant director with the agency, has been appointed as interim director by the commission. The commission is actively working towards the next steps to recruit and hire a new director.

News media contact:
Amanda McCarthy, Communications Manager | (360) 902-8604

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks' statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.