Powers’ last day is May 24. He and his family will be relocating to his home state of Wyoming.
“Our parents are getting older, so it is time to get a little closer to them,” Powers said.
Powers was hired as interim director in March 2013 after the retirement of Kodiak’s first director Ian Fulp, who held the position for 39 years.
Powers became the full-time director in July.
Despite his short stay, he said he learned a lot about Kodiak, a place he has called home for the past 20 years. He was amazed at all the different user groups that use all of the Parks and Recreation facilities and how the Kodiak Island Borough and the City of Kodiak work together to support the activities.
“The thing that I didn’t realize getting the job is how integrated it (Parks and Rec) is in the community, how important it is and how many people it touches,” he said.
One of Powers’ goal as director was to complete the Baranof Park Improvement Project, a multimillion-dollar project that included a new track and installing artificial turf on the football and baseball fields. More than half of the project was completed when he took over as director.
Powers oversaw the completion of the baseball field, the installation of bleachers and a press box at Joe Floyd Track and Field.
He said security lighting and cameras around the park are being put up, while the upgraded tennis courts will be completed this summer. The last item — the skate park renovation — is a City Council vote away from happening.
“A lot of the goals I had in front of me, that I wanted to accomplish in a years time are there,” Powers said. “I wanted to see this project get back on track.”
Powers was impressed with his Parks and Recreation staff, which has at least 35 temporary employees and five full-time employees.
“The thing that I am most proud about is our staff,” he said. “That is one thing that I learned is that the Parks and Rec staff is incredible.”
Powers moved to Kodiak Island in the 1990s. He was a teacher in Old Harbor. After a five-year stint in the Mat-Su Valley, he relocated back to Kodiak and became the vice president for Koniag, Inc. He spent seven years in that position before moving over the Parks and Recreation department.
He also was a Kodiak Football League coach and was the Kodiak High School’s junior varsity football coach the past two seasons.
The Parks and Recreation director job is currently open for city employees to apply, and should be open to the public soon.
“It would be nice to get some great applicants,” Powers said. “I think it will take a person who really has the best interest in Kodiak in their heart.”
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