Mercer Island hires new director of parks and recreation

Jessi Bon, an Island resident who led the parks department in Sammamish, will start on Aug. 1.

The city of Mercer Island recently announced the appointment of Jessi Bon as its new parks and recreation director. She will begin employment on Aug. 1.

Bon has more than 20 years of experience in municipal government and a strong passion for public service, according to a city press release. Over the last two years, she has served as the deputy city manager for the city of Sammamish and prior to that was its director of parks and recreation for 10 years.

“This is an exciting and challenging time for our Parks and Recreation Department and the entire city. I believe Jessi will provide the solid experience, positive and imaginative attitude, and steady leadership that will carry the Parks and Recreation Department, and our city, into the future. I look forward to welcoming her to our organization,” stated city manager Julie Underwood in the release.

Bon moved to Mercer Island in 2010 when she met her husband Mike, an Island native. Her entire family, including twin 3-year-old girls, are avid park users and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. She earned a bachelor of science from Western Washington University and a master’s of public administration from Seattle University. Bon replaces former parks and recreation director Bruce Fletcher, who retired in April.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve my own community as the new parks and recreation director. As a mom to two young girls, I believe our parks system is critical to supporting an active and livable community and I personally benefit every day from our wonderful outdoor treasures. I look forward to collaborating with the community and our partners on the many opportunities ahead,” Bon said in the release.

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