Commissioner Tim Reid elevated to board clerk; both elected to serve in roles until 2020
Metro Parks Board of Commissioners chose Aaron Pointer to serve as president for the coming year. He succeeds Andrea Smith, who held the role in 2017 and 2018.
“Parks and recreation are a positive influence on this community,” Pointer said. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to lead the Park Board again. There are a lot of good things in store for the district in 2019, including park improvement projects and the growth of innovative programs that serve our community.”
Pointer, a retired parks supervisor and former professional baseball player and NFL referee, has served on the Park Board since 2001 and previously served as board president in 2012.
While serving in that role, he surprised and delighted the Japanese consulate general when Pointer addressed him in his native language while accepting a gift of flowering cherry blossom trees for Point Defiance Park. Pointer became fluent in the language while playing in Fukuoka, Japan, for the Nishitetsu Lions.
Also Monday, Commissioner Tim Reid was chosen as board clerk, the No. 2 position and a role Pointer most recently held in 2017 and 2018. Reid, who has served on the Park Board since 1995, has served as president and clerk before.
“We’re all looking forward to 2019,” Reid said. “There are so many good things happening in the district – and the Park Board is here to make sure the right things are done the right way, as far as the community is concerned.”
The Board of Park Commissioners sets policy for Metro Parks Tacoma. Commissioners serve staggered six-year terms and are elected by voters in Tacoma and parts of unincorporated Browns Point and Dash Point. The other commissioners are Erik Hanberg and Jessie K. Baines Jr.