(Kaukauna, WI) Nov. 6, 2017–The board of directors of the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) announces that Jeremy Cords is the new executive director of the organization. Cords will oversee all strategic and operational aspects of the historic Fox Locks system and work collaboratively with public and private community organizations to grow awareness and use of the system.
Cords is an 18-year veteran of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where he worked as a conservation warden and most recently as a recreational safety warden. In that role, he trained county and municipal authorities on recreational law enforcement concerning ATV’s, Boat and Snowmobiles. He also oversaw recruitment, retention and recertification of roughly 850 volunteer instructors that provide the recreational safety programs in communities throughout the Northeast Region, many of whom live in the Fox Valley. Prior to that he worked for the National Park Service in Colorado, Washington and Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Resource Management and Leisure Services & Planning Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Cords is a Wisconsin native and was raised on a family farm in Western Wisconsin.
“I’ve always been attracted to natural history, cultural heritage and the outdoors,” Cords said. “I see this opportunity with the Fox Locks in the same light as the national park system—both are crown jewels. The locks are a hidden treasure in this state that should be one of the major attractions that draws people to Northeast Wisconsin,” he said.
Cords begins his official duties November 13, 2017. For more information, visit www.foxlocks.org.