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Herrera-Mishler resigns as head of Olmsted Parks Conservancy

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The leader of Buffalo's Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, has resigned his post to allow him to "seek new career opportunities."The development was announced in a press release late Tuesday afternoon.  The conservancy's Board of Trustees accepted Herrera-Mishler's resignation and named Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Stephanie Crockatt as interim CEO.

"Thomas elevated the care and quality of Buffalo's parks during his seven-year tenure and will always be recognized as a national leader in the stewardship of Frederick Law Olmsted's parks," said Kevin Kelly, the conservancy's board chair, in a statment. "We wish Thomas well in his future endeavors."

The non-profit conservancy manages and operates Buffalo's parks system, which covers 850 acres. They includes Delaware Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Cazenovia Park, and South Park, among others. Herrera-Mishler has led the group since 2008.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this special Olmsted organization and working with so many great people to make this urban parks system the best it can be," Herrera-Mishler said, in a statement. "I look forward to taking my experiences in Buffalo and applying them to a new challenge."

A national search will be conducted to find Herrera-Mishler's permanent replacement.