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Parks Board announces new director

Colin Coffey, new Ward 7 Director of the East Bay Regional Park District. Ward 7 encompasses Martinez, as well as other areas in eastern Contra Costa County. (EBRPD / Courtesy)
Colin Coffey, new Ward 7 Director of the East Bay Regional Park District. Ward 7 encompasses Martinez, as well as other areas in eastern Contra Costa County. (EBRPD / Courtesy)

The East Bay Regional Park District announced the appointment of Hercules resident Colin Coffey to the Ward 7 seat of the EBRPD Board of Directors. Ward 7 generally encompasses the Eastern Contra Costa County communities of Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Knightsen, Martinez, Mt. View, Oakley, Pacheco, a portion of Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo, and Vine Hill.

Coffey has served on the Park District’s Park Advisory Committee twice, first appointed by former EBRPD Director Ted Radke from 2001-2009 and also appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 2012- present.  The Park Advisory Committee is a 21-member appointed citizens’ advisory group which studies issues and makes recommendations and comments on a spectrum of policy issues related to East Bay Regional Park District. Additionally, Coffey has been a volunteer Ambassador for the parks for 12 years, representing the agency at community events and with activities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  Professionally he is an attorney specializing in public health, and a partner at the firm Archer Norris in Walnut Creek. Coffey is a past president of the Contra Costa BAR Association, longtime supporter of the John Muir Land Trust, and member of the Regional Parks Foundation where he annually assists in providing “camperships” for underrepresented children to experience nature through camps and programs in the Regional Parks.

The Park District Board received 20 applications for the seat left vacant by Diane Burgis upon her election to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in November 2016. On Jan. 31, the EBRPD Board interviewed the three finalists and unanimously appointed Coffey.

“We were extremely pleased with the caliber of all the candidates,” said EBRPD Board President Beverly Lane. “The three finalists were especially connected to EBRPD and the parks and recreation industry. Ultimately, Colin’s 16 years of experience as a deeply engaged EBRPD volunteer made him the best candidate for the seat.”

Coffey will be sworn in at the regular Feb. 7 meeting of the Board of Directors.

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