South Whidbey parks and rec director finds new job in Eastern Washington

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District Executive Director Doug Coutts is moving on.

After nearly a decade of serving in the top role at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, Executive Director Doug Coutts is moving on to eastern pastures.

Coutts, a Coupeville resident, recently accepted a position with the city of Moses Lake, Washington as the parks, recreation and cultural services director, beginning Feb. 13. His last day on the job at South Whidbey is Feb. 10, although he plans to tune into the board of directors’ teleconferenced meeting one last time on Feb. 15.

He cited his success in securing grants in excess of $750,000 to add a total of 70 acres of land to the district’s park inventory to be one of his proudest accomplishments. That land has since been slated for a campground project and development of additional trails.

“I think we’ve continued, under my tenure, a great tradition of providing incredible parks programs and facilities for the community,” Coutts said.

Before coming to Whidbey Island, Coutts worked for another parks and rec district in Illinois. He estimated that he has spent about 38 years of his life working in parks and rec, starting out as a lifeguard at 16 years old.

A hiring process has begun for the next executive director of the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. To inquire about submitting an application, call the office at 360-221-5484 or email