SuperintendentPortrait of smiling man against natural background. He has brown hair and beard and is wearing a maroon tie, blue shirt, and brown plaid vest. His name is Michael Wargo.

Michael Wargo became Willamalane’s superintendent in 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in Education and Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has more than 25 years of experience in athletics, parks and recreation having worked in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Lousiana prior to moving to Oregon in 2016. He enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, and three dogs.

As Superintendent, Michael oversees Willamalane's district vision, legislative affairs, and organizational structure. Willamalane staff are supported by taxpayers and governed by a five-member Board of Directors.

Dark haired man with a beard and tan sweaterRecreation Services Division

Jase Newton became the Recreation Services Direction in 2020. The Recreation Services division encompasses:

Portrait of a smiling man against a natural background. He is wearing a blue shirt and blue vest. His name is Eric Adams.Planning, Parks, and Facilities

The Planning, Parks & Facilities division encompasses:

  • Natural resource stewardship and maintenance of 46 parks and natural areas totaling nearly 1,500 acres, with 10 waterfront areas, 29 miles of hiking and biking trails, 4 synthetic sports fields and 27 playgrounds.
  • Care and maintenance of five recreation facilities: Two pools, two community centers, and a mini golf park.
  • Planning and development work with district residents and regional agencies to meet the park and natural area needs of our community.

Eric Adams became the Parks, Planning & Facilities Director in 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Minnesota State University. He has had more than 20 years of experience in land use planning and urban development prior to joining the Willamalane team in 2017. Eric’s passions include cycling, running, and enjoying the natural beauty of Oregon with his family.

Business Operations

The Business Operations division encompasses all budget and financial activity, including the annual budget. They also handle payroll.

Human Resources

The Human Resources division encompasses:

  • Human resources, including recruitment, hiring, and benefits administration. All available positions are posted on the website.
  • Risk management, including occupational and program safety instruction and mitigation of safety issues.

Information Services

The Information Services department handles the district's hardware and software needs, electronic archives, registration database, and wi-fi network.
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