Washington’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board recognizes DNR’s Craig Partridge for his service

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Craig Partridge was honored for his service by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last week. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne

What were you doing in September of 1981?

That was the month the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hired Craig Partridge under the administration of Brian Boyle. Since then, he has worked for four Commissioners of Public Lands. After thirty-one years – and a variety of job titles, assignments, major projects, and teams – Craig happily announced his retirement from state service early last month:

“I want to express my appreciation to Commissioner Goldmark for giving me an opportunity to serve in his administration at DNR.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work I’ve been involved in.  When I started at DNR so long ago, I had no idea I’d eventually be an agency historian, but at this point I’m pleased at having had that among a number of rewarding roles.”

DNR will be sad to say goodbye to Partridge, the agency’s Policy and Governmental Relations Director, when he retires from state service on April 30, 2013.

“For more than three decades Craig Partridge has helped guide DNR policy to the benefit of the citizens of Washington and the long term sustainability of our state trust lands,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Craig for his years of dedicated service to the DNR and the people of Washington State.”

Last Wednesday, Craig was recognized for his years of service by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. From 1999 through 2013, Craig Partridge served the citizens of the state of Washington and DNR as the agency’s designee on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. He is the longest-serving member of the board, serving a key role in the development of the state’s bottom-up approach to salmon recovery. Until his retirement, Craig will be the last remaining founding member.

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Craig, the last remaining founding member of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, will retire this year after 22 years of serving on the board. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne

The board thanked Craig for his dedication and commitment, stating that his “big picture” perspective of issues helped the board promote salmon recovery by protecting and restoring salmon habitat. During his recognition speech, it was also said that:

“Mr. Partridge’s intellect, deep understanding of key issues, and exceptional ability to perceive the policy implications of complex situations, provided the board with insight that helped it to develop strong program policies that promoted sound investments of public moneys and respected the state’s “bottom up” approach to salmon recovery”

During Craig’s time with the board, the group funded over 1,700 projects, creating a state and federal investment of more than $376 million in Washington’s salmon recovery effort, and worked hard to ensure efficiencies, accountability, and effectiveness.

DNR, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, extend their sincere appreciation for all of the work Craig has accomplished and thank him for everything he has done for Washington State and its residents.

Thank you Craig, may you fully enjoy your retirement!

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