PORT ANGELES — Carmen Geyer has stepped down from her role as communications coordinator for the Port Angeles School District and accepted a position with the City of Port Angeles managing the Senior & Community Center.
“I am excited about this next adventure with the City of Port Angeles, but I am sad that I won’t be the one waking you all up in the mornings for snow days from now on,” Geyer said in an email to PASD parents and staff.
“I’m grateful I had the chance to share the story of PASD for a few years, and I wish you and your students all the best as you wrap up this school year.”
Geyer had been working for the school district since February 2021 and prior to that worked with United Way of Clallam County.
Geyer’s last day at PASD was on May 4 and her first day with the City of Port Angeles was Monday.
Geyer said she had not been looking for a new job but became interested after speaking with the center’s previous manager Aubry Bright.
“I had heard a lot of good things about working in the Park and Recreation Department from Aubry and it was just an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Geyer said in an interview on Wednesday.
Bright left her position at the Senior & Community Center in March.
One of the things that attracted Geyer to the position was that opportunity for direct interaction.
“At PASD when I wanted to connect with teachers, staff, and students, I would need to travel to the schools, and potentially interrupt class time to initiate those engagements, here I can just step outside the door and engage with people,” Geyer said.
The City of Port Angeles owns the Senior & Community Center, but apart from Geyer, the staff that runs the place are all volunteers.
In terms of filling Geyer’s role at the school district, PASD Superintendent Marty Brewer said that the position, along with many others, will be assessed to determine when and how it will be filled.
“We are very happy for Carmen and really appreciated her work with us here at PASD,” Brewer said.
While the next steps for filling the role are still up in the air, Brewer provided an idea of what the district is looking for in a potential candidate.
“We are looking for good communicators, people that are actively engaged in the community and can be a voice for the district internally and externally,” Brewer said.
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