LINCOLN, Neb. – Jim Swenson has been selected as deputy director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Swenson, a native of Oakland, Nebraska, begins his new duties Dec. 27.
Swenson came to the agency in 1983, working as a seasonal employee for the parks and resource services divisions prior to gaining a full-time position in 1986. He has been administrator of the parks division since May 2014, leading the team that welcomes millions of visitors to the state parks. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and wildlife management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Swenson’s first full-time job with Game and Parks was as superintendent at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area. He later became eastern region parks manager before being selected parks administrator.
“Jim brings a forward-looking and positive culture of collaboration to establish relationships to achieve our mission,” Director Tim McCoy said. “He is passionate about our resources and providing opportunities for Nebraskans and visitors alike to make memories in the outdoors.”
Said Swenson: “Serving the public and fostering the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities that highlight the great resources of our state is my passion. I am grateful for the opportunity, as well as the team and the many partners that join in that mission.”
Bob Bergholz, an assistant parks administrator, will become the interim parks administrator.
To learn more about Game and Parks, go to OutdoorNebraska.org.