New Park District Director Resigns

Peoria Park District

The new executive director for the Peoria Park District has stepped aside, days before starting her new job.

The Peoria Park Board announced Friday Susan Knoblauch says she will be unable to serve as executive director due to “personal and family reasons.”

The board hired Knoblauch in April to replace Bonnie Noble, who retired April 30. She was to begin as executive director June 1.

The Journal Star reports Knoblauch will be named this week to a staff position with the Illinois High School Association. Knoblauch was with the IHSA until 2014 when she became director of performing arts and sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations in Indianapolis. The person who replaced Knoblauch left the Bloomington-based IHSA earlier this month.

Peoria Park Board President Tim Cassidy is quoted in a park district news release as saying, “We respect Susie’s decision and wish her the very best in the future.”

Emily Cahill has been serving as interim executive director. She will continue in that role until the board names a replacement.

(Photo: Peoria Park District)

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