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New manager named for Ebey’s Landing reserve

Kristen Griffin - Photo provided
Kristen Griffin
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After months of searching, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve has a new manager.

On Friday, the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing named Kristen Griffin as its new manager.

Griffin is currently the Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Officer, which is a position she has held since 2008. Prior to that, she worked for a variety of National Park Service units in Alaska.

“She’s got 25 years of historic preservation and cultural resource experience,” said Lisbeth Cort, who is the interim manager for the reserve.

Griffin said the position for the reserve, and its emphasis on partnerships with the community, appealed to her philosophy for preservation.

“I had experience that was uniquely suited to the position,” Griffin said Monday in a telephone interview.

In her position in Spokane, she directs the historic preservation program for the state’s second largest city.

She works with rural and urban property owners, neighborhood associations and government officials, according to a news release from the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing.

Prior to working in Eastern Washington, Griffin worked in Alaska.

She was the historian at Sitka National Park as well as the historian and archeologist for Denali National Park in Alaska.

She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

Griffin will replace Mark Preiss, who resigned in the summer of 2013 to take a position with the Glacier Park Conservancy in Montana.

She was one of three finalists vying for the position. Trust Board members interviewed the finalists before making a decision last week.

Griffin said she hopes to begin her new position in early February.

 

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