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Mayor Appoints Kelly Beymer as Community Services Administrator

November 3, 2015

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Jay Covington, Chief Administrative Officer, 425-430-6500
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RENTON, WA – Mayor Denis Law has appointed Kelly Beymer as the administrator for the City of Renton’s Community Services Department. Terry Higashiyama, the department’s current administrator, will be retiring in February 2016, and Beymer will take over following her retirement. The appointment will be presented to the Renton City Council for confirmation later this month.

 Kelly BeymerBeymer has served as the city’s Parks and Golf Course Director since 2008. She will oversee the city’s community services functions including parks planning and maintenance, recreation, human services, neighborhood resources and events, the Renton History Museum and municipal facilities management. She will work with key stakeholders to enhance the quality of life, vitality, and livability for the Renton community. She will serve on the Mayor’s executive team and be responsible for providing vision, leadership, initiative, management, and coordination to implement the Mayor and City Council's goals.

“Kelly is an exceptional addition to our team and comes to this position with rich experience and a great deal of enthusiasm,” said Mayor Law. “I am confident that her experience, vision and exceptional commitment to public service will help deliver on our promise to provide high quality parks, facilities, recreational opportunities, and human service needs for our community. Kelly has a long and outstanding history with our city and I’m excited to have her on our team.”

“Our department is foundational to creating a thriving community, and it is a great honor to be appointed by Mayor Law to lead the city’s Community Services Department,” Beymer said. “I look forward to working with a fantastic and dedicated team to advance the exciting vision the Mayor and Council have for the future of the department and our city.”

During the time that Beymer served as the city’s Parks and Golf Course Director, she established a new division in the Community Services department. She was instrumental in Maplewood Golf Course earning the Auduban Cooperative Sanctuary Certification, renegotiating a 30-year lease for Gene Coulon Park with the Department of Natural Resources, implementing the trail ranger program and developing the city’s park expulsion ordinance. She has supervised staff for various citywide programs including capital projects, community celebrations and festivals, development plans and citywide initiatives. Beymer formerly served as the General Manager of the Maplewood Golf Course from 2002 to 2008. Beymer has an Associate of Arts degree from Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington, and additional college credits in Psychology from St. Martin’s College, Lacey, Washington. She lives in Maple Valley, Washington with her husband Jim, two children and six grandchildren.