In 1984, Brian McIntosh joined the City of Edmonds as recreation coordinator. After 26 years and five promotions, McIntosh — now the city’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services — is retiring, but took a few minutes to reflect on his time with the city.
What were you doing before you came to the City of Edmonds? Have you always been in the Parks and Recreation Field?
I had many different jobs before coming to Edmonds but my previous career for seven years was as a high school teacher/coach in Australia and Canada.
Tell us about your family
I’ve been married 30 years to my wife Birgitte and have three children in their 20s.
What has been your guiding principal or mission as Parks and Recreation Director?
As a public servant (I’m part of a dedicated departmental and city team), responding to needs of the community to the best of our ability.
Looking back on your career in Edmonds, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’ve been lucky in the variety of projects that I have been able to work on that is Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services – the three divisions in this department. No day is the same! Once again as a team we’ve filled identified needs over the years with a preschool developed in Meadowdale, youth scholarships, a skate park, new neighborhood parks in north and south Edmonds, a columbarium at the cemetery, waterfront enhancements and so on. I can’t emphasize enough that no one person is responsible – it is all a team approach.
What are your plans after leaving the city? We’ve heard something about a kayaking trip?
The kayaking will just be more frequent! More West Coast Vancouver Island/B.C. and Iceland in the near future. A little further out, catching up on long-shelved personal projects and volunteer work.
Is kayaking in Iceland as cold as it sounds?
Although Iceland sounds cold, Greenland kayaking is colder. It all boils down to having the right gear and choosing the right season!
What is the one thing you will miss most about your job? The one thing you will miss least?
I will certainly miss my co-workers and the scores of Edmonds volunteers who always step up to contribute to their community. I will not miss the late nights.
Anything else you want to add?
Edmonds is a vibrant community filled with people who really care about it. I was lucky to land in such a place. My memories of Edmonds will always be fond, and I hope that I’ve been able to contribute over the years to what makes this town special.