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Wick approved by Cuomo to lead Lake George Park Commission

Dave Wick (far right), District Manager of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, conducts a recent meeting of his agency. Wick, 43, was appointed by Gov. Cuomo to become the new Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission. Replacing Michael White who retired several months ago, Wick will be the second person to lead the Park Commission since it was formed 25 years ago.

Dave Wick (far right), District Manager of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, conducts a recent meeting of his agency. Wick, 43, was appointed by Gov. Cuomo to become the new Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission. Replacing Michael White who retired several months ago, Wick will be the second person to lead the Park Commission since it was formed 25 years ago. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Dave Wick, who has headed up the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District for 19 years, has been named the new Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission.

Gov. Cuomo’s office officially made the appointment this past week. Wick starts in his new position in three weeks.

Wick was notified of the appointment Friday by Commission Chairman Bruce Young, and Wick submitted his resignation to the Conservation District board of directors on Monday March 27.

Wick, 43 years old, replaces Michael White, who was the Commission’s first and only executive director since the state Agency was formed in 1987. The post pays about $100,000 annually.

The Park commission and the Conservation District have worked together on and off through the years on various projects. Several years ago, the Conservation District conducted a study of stream culverts throughout the Lake George watershed and the problems fish encounter in passing through them.

Two years ago, the agency mapped the corridors of streams feeding Lake George.

In recent years, Wick’s agency has been surveying, designing, planning and negotiating the removal of sand deltas in Lake George, where stormwater has washed silt into the Lake to the point vast areas of the lake aren’t navigable.

Removal of three major deltas is due to begin within several months, and the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District has been contracted to oversee construction.

All these projects were accomplished in conjunction with the Lake George Park Commission.

Wick, a resident of Lake George, said this week that such collaboration provided him with valuable experience as he steps into his new position.

Wick’s last day at the Conservation district is April 20, and he starts three days later at the Park Commission.

“There are a lot of new challenges and opportunities coming up in the new position, and I’m looking forward to it.”

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