PUBLISHED: 12:27 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Matsil named head of parks and recreation
Marc Matsil has been selected as the new parks and recreation director. Matsil, a senior policy adviser for natural resources with the New Jersey department of Environmental Protection, will start his new job in Juneau on Dec. 5.

"Marc has excellent qualifications as a manager of parks and recreation services, as well as a long record of partnering with a wide variety of user groups, developing and implementing long-term plans, and extensive grant writing success," Pierce said.

Matsil's previous experience includes two years as the assistant commissioner for natural and historic resources for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and 14 years as the chief of the natural resources division for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

He started his career in Alaska, working for the National Park Service for several seasons in the early 1980s.

"Juneau is the best kept secret in the northern hemisphere: a diverse and progressive community, committed environmental and parks constituencies, and an abundance of treasured parks, natural and recreational resources," Matsil said.

He replaces current director, Kim Kiefer, who will begin duties as the Deputy City Manager in January. Pierce retires from her post at the end of this year.