City of Steamboat names new parks and recreation director
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —Angela Cosby, who was selected from a pool of 90 applicants, will start as the city of Steamboat Springs’ new parks and recreation director Aug. 31.
Most recently, Cosby served for five year as parks, recreation and community director in Astoria, Oregon, overseeing activities for 36 park sites, three community halls, 10 historic sites, a maritime memorial, a cemetery, an indoor aquatic center, a recreation center and a child care center for the city of approximately 10,000 residents.
Before that, she held recreation positions in her home county of Spokane County, Washington.
“Steamboat was the right job in the right place for me,” Cosby said. “I’m currently in a smaller-sized community, and I love serving small, tight-knit communities. The department is fantastic and has so many different amenities, just the job excited me.”
Cosby’s love for recreation was realized as a student at Eastern Washington University, when she was thinking of entering the education field as a teacher or advisor.
But a professor recommended Recreation 101 — a class that ultimately inspired her to receive a bachelors of arts in recreation management and then a master’s degree in organization leadership at Gonzaga University.
Cosby’s engaging personality aided her hire.
“Before she did her Skype interview, she spent five days here scoping us out to make sure we were the right community for her,” Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter said. “When you do a hire like this, you want to make sure the interest is mutual. That’s what you want, someone who wants to be here and is excited about coming here and she definitely demonstrated that.”
Cosby will be moving to Steamboat with her significant other Sean Sullivan and her two dogs, a 14-year-old golden retriever named Cory and 1-year-old border collie named Oliver. Cosby enjoys skiing and looks forward to kayaking on the Yampa River. She’s also recently taken up mountain biking.
“The position I am currently in, it was my first position as a director and leading a department — a tremendous amount of growth took place,” Cosby said. “It’s been a great experience. I love what I do. I am looking to being in a community surrounded by recreation.”
Cosby said she admired the talent and dedication that Steamboat’s parks and recreation staff has to offer.
Suiter echoes that sentiment, thanking Craig Robinson for his dedication to the interim role as parks and recreation director.
“I do want to acknowledge Craig Robinson for maintaining a steady ship and his total sense of professionalism,” Suiter said. “Upon her arrival, he will return to his previous position as parks, trails and open space manager.”
Cosby’s hiring is also historic. She becomes the first woman to serve as the city’s parks and recreation director.
“Part of me is woman power, but when it comes to doing my true job role, I hope it doesn’t make a difference,” Cosby said. “I hope I am able to serve the community well, and I’m excited to learn and work for a forward-thinking community.”
Cosby’s responsibilities will include overseeing Howelsen Hill, Howelsen Ice Arena, Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, Haymaker Golf Course and the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. She and her department also manage recreation programs that span child care to seniors as well as 29 park sites, more than 2,600 acres of open space, over 62 miles of trails and recreation on the Yampa River.
She will also guide a staff of nearly 50 employees and a number of contractors.
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