Vigo County Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kara Kish is speaking out against a proposal in the Indiana General Assembly that would change the way county parks boards are appointed.

House Bill 1018 would shift the appointment of two members by circuit judges to county commissioners, giving county executives three appointments on five-member park boards. Two appointments would remain with county councils.

“Parks boards were always intended to be insulated from political interests,” Kish told the Vigo County parks and recreation board Monday. 

“Any alterations to the current legislation that governs park boards could lead to the ability of any single elected official or … body having undue influence over park operations.”

The bill, authored by state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, is pending in the House Local Government Committee, whose members include Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville.

Representatives of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association and the Association of Indiana Counties plan to meet today with Soliday, Kish said. She noted similar legislation was proposed earlier but did not pass.

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