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St. Charles Park District executive director to retire

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Park District executive director, Ray Ochromowicz, announced Tuesday he will retire, effective Aug. 31, according to a news release from the district.

Ochromowicz has led the park district since January 2011. He succeeded Jim Breen, who served as the parks and recreation director for almost 20 years.

“I will be fully vested in my pension by August and have decided to explore other opportunities,” Ochromowicz said in the release.

Ochromowicz was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon, as a park district employee said he was not in the office that day.

She noted park board president Karrsten Goettel was the spokesperson on the topic.

Goettel did not return a call seeking comment by press time, but he did have a statement in the district’s release.

“Ray has guided the park district with fiscal responsibility and enabled the park district to compete as a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award,” Goettel said in the release. “We wish Ray all the best in his retirement.”

During his time at St. Charles, Ochromowicz supervised the construction of Otter Cove Aquatic Park and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, the renovation of Swanson Swimming Pool and the development of River Bend Community Park, according to the district.

He previously was the executive director of the Park Ridge and Bolingbrook park districts.

The district’s release did not indicate what the board’s plans are for finding Ochromowicz’s replacement.

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