City hires Steve Roemer as new Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

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Steve Roemer at the dedication of a new playground at Dottie Harper Park in July, 2015. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

The City of Burien announced Friday (March 11) that Steve Roemer has been appointed as its new Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. 

Prior to this appointment, Steve served as Parks Operations and Development Manager, and has been serving as Interim Department Director since November 2015.

He succeeds Michael Lafreniere, who retired at the end of November, 2015.

Throughout his career, Steve has played an essential role in the management and maintenance of park facilities and operations, the city said. He has led or overseen several park projects in Burien including the Burien Toyota and Chevrolet Dog Park and playground renovations at Dottie Harper Park. Steve also had the pleasure of managing for the city the award winning shoreline restoration project at Seahurst Park – the largest shoreline restoration in Puget Sound history.

“Steve’s ability to work successfully with a variety of individuals and stakeholders, his passion for community involvement, and his environmental ethic make him a great choice” City Manager Kamuron Gurol said.

Steve grew up in the San Francisco area and is a graduate of Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Forestry. Outside of his service to the Burien community, Steve and his wife of 24 years enjoy spending time on their ranch raising horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.

The Director leads, plans, organizes and directs the activities and responsibilities of Burien’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services including recreation programs, arts and culture, public parks programs, and facility and grounds maintenance.

The City of Burien is a vibrant and creative community, where the residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment. For more information, visit

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5 Responses to “City hires Steve Roemer as new Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services”
  1. Douglas Sykes says:

    Congratulations Steve! And thanks for your support of the Burien public garden “B-Patch” as well.

  2. Congratulations, Steve. A good choice.

  3. Maureen says:

    Steve worked closely with WABI Burien and other City staff members when it came to getting the bike racks installed around town.

    Thanks for your help, Steve! I look forward to working with you on other projects.
    Maureen Hoffmann
    WABI Burien President

  4. Jack Block Jr. says:

    Outstanding. Steve’s experience as interim Public Works Director and his proven project management skills will serve the residents of Burien well.

  5. Brooks says:

    Steve is one of the most committed public servants we have working at the City. Parks and the other services this department have are critical and this is a really important job. Great choice!

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