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PCR Director Resigns After Decade in Unalaska

Chrissy Roes/KUCB

The City of Unalaska is looking for a new Director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. That's because current director D. Tyrell McGirt has res?igned after a decade on the island.

"It's time," said McGirt. "I'm moving into the next chapter of my life, I'm getting married in December, and my fiancé and I are looking to start the next chapter of our lives in a place that's new and different for both of us."

Originally from North Carolina, McGirt arrived in Unalaska in 2006. He served as the aquatics manager and the recreation manager for the Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation (PCR) before landing the top job. He is also president of the board of directors for Iliuliuk Family and Health Services.

McGirt and his fiancé are headed to Tuc?son, Arizona, but he says he'll miss working with the kids of Unalaska and living in the tight-knit community.

"I say it over and over again — Unalaska has been good to me and good for me," he said. "Everything about being here on this tiny island at the end of the world has been very moving and very much appreciated."

McGirt's las?t day as PCR director is Nov. 2. The city has already posted the job opening online. 

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019.
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