Saturday, June 3, 2023

New Lake manager hired

At the May 11 meeting of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) board, Boone Marker was hired to replace Josh Brainerd as Lake Manager.

Marker comes to DLWID via Lincoln City Parks department where he served as Recreation Supervisor.

Boone Marker on left receiving an award. Photo by Justin Werner

Brainerd was terminated on April 28 2023.

According to board Chair Tina French, “Boone starts June 1 as Lake Manager.  He was our only applicant. We were looking for more of a project manager/community face for the lake.  Boone fit that bill really well.  We’re really excited about the skills that he will bring to that position.  We are looking forward concerning upcoming projects like dredging, harvesting (elodea) and creating a master plan for Blue Heron Landing.  It’s important that someone is well organized and a go-getter.”

DLWID board Chair Tina French rides atop Elodea harvester. Photo courtesy Tina French

Asked about Marker’s science background French said, “A lake manager having a science background is not important  because any science based project that we had done, we had to hire outside consultants to do them.  Is it nice to have a manager with a science background? Sure. But I don’t think it’s important where we’re going now because of the consulting we’ve had done and will be able to do.”

When asked if there were any hard feelings from Lincoln City Parks department about grabbing Marker away, French replied, (Parks Director) Jeannie (Sprague) has been really gracious with Boone and the transition, which I really appreciate.”

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Don Williams
Don Williams
Writer, award winning photographer and former Mayor of Lincoln City. While not serving as the world's proudest grandpa, the Honorable Don Williams covers Government Affairs for Homepage.


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