Work is currently underway to finalize Shaw’s employment contract, which will most likely be approved by the board on Aug. 13, said Rodriguez.

After announcing his retirement after 46 years, Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District Administrator Mike Rodriguez will be passing the reins to longtime Mount Shasta resident Shannon Shaw on Oct. 1.

Shaw was appointed as the new administrator during the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District’s board meeting last week.

Work is currently underway to finalize Shaw’s employment contract, which will most likely be approved by the board on Aug. 13, said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez will continue with the district for six months, until the end of March, 2020, as an operations manager and consultant.

Shaw has lived in Mount Shasta since she was 3 years old. She left briefly to attend Humboldt State University, where she got a degree in recreation administration, but then returned to her hometown.

Taking over Rodriguez’s role “is the ideal situation,” Shaw said, and her “ultimate goal.”

“It’s a dream of a lot of people, to be able to have a career that allows you to come home,” she said.

Shaw is the district’s current Project Supervisor. Rodriguez hired her in 2003 to manage the day camp and youth basketball programs.

“I’m thrilled,” said Rodriguez. “I’m glad it’s someone who knows the community and knows the area. I was worried, but now I am excited because I know Shannon feels that sense of community connection.”

“I have big shoes to fill,” said Shaw, who will be working to come up with a plan to fund the park system, which includes the Mount Shasta City Park, Shastice Park, the Youth Sports Park, Mount Shasta High School’s Martindale Field, the Siskiyou Ice Rink, the skate park, and the bike trail system above it.

Some of that funding may be obtained through Proposition 68 funding, she said, and she’s also planning to do some grant writing.

Work is currently underway on the MSRPD’s master plan, revising policies and personnel, and input from the community is crucial to the process, Shaw said.