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The City of Steamboat Springs has named Angela P. Cosby as its new Parks & Recreation Director from a pool of nearly 90 highly qualified candidates from across the country.
“Angela brings extensive experience in the parks & recreation arena along with strong resort community knowledge that will serve the Steamboat Springs community well,” said City Manager Gary Suiter. “We are excited to welcome her to the team and look forward to the leadership, creativity and passion she will bring to the city.”
Cosby comes to the Yampa Valley from the resort community of Astoria, Oregon, where she served as Parks, Recreation and Community Services director for the past five years. As director, she oversaw activities for 36 park sites, three community halls, ten historical sites, a maritime memorial, a cemetery, indoor aquatic center, recreation center and childcare center for the city of approximately 10,000 residents. Prior to her current role in Astoria, Cosby held recreation positions with Spokane County, Washington.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management from Eastern Washington University, Cosby also holds a Master of Arts in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University. In addition, she is an active member of her community serving in a variety of leadership roles for different community-oriented organizations.
“It’s an honor to be able to serve the community, especially one like Steamboat that fully embraces health, wellness and recreation, as its new Parks & Recreation Director,” stated Cosby. “Steamboat Springs has a strong, active outdoor reputation and I am enthusiastic to work with the talented parks & recreation staff to maintain it as one of the best in the mountain region.”
The lengthy and in-depth interview process began with nearly 90 applicants. Selected candidates were interviewed first by a Management Team panel, which narrowed the pool to six finalists. These finalists were then interviewed in person by two different panels, including Management Team, Parks & Recreation staff, and Parks & Recreation Commission members. One panel focused on Leadership and Management Skills, and one panel focused on Technical Skills and Job Aptitude. This process has taken several months, and we appreciate everyone’s patience with the process.
As director, Cosby will oversee specialty facilities including historic Howelsen Hill, Howelsen Ice Complex, Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, Haymaker Golf Course, and the Tennis Center; Recreation Programs that span childcare to seniors; 29 park sites including six mineral springs and two skate parks; more than 2,600 acres of Open Space; over 62-miles of trails; recreation on the Yampa River; and, a staff of nearly 50 employees and a number of contractors.
Cosby, who becomes the city’s first female Parks & Recreation Director, will report to City Manager Gary Suiter and start in her new role on August 31, 2018.
Gary Suiter, City Manager, 970.871.8240 or email