Jon Crimmins, the park manager who runs Fort Casey and five other state parks on Whidbey Island, grew up just down the road from the former U.S. military installation and spent much of his childhood making it his own personal playground.
Crimmins, a 1993 graduate of Coupeville High School, is in his 17th year serving as a ranger with the Washington Parks Service and his fourth year at Fort Casey.
Relatively recently, personnel cuts in the state parks system led to the development of park management areas in which one park manager is responsible for operations at multiple state parks.
Since 2012, Crimmins has managed the Central Whidbey Area, which includes Fort Casey, Fort Ebey, South Whidbey, Joseph Whidbey, Ebey's Landing and Possession Point state parks.
Prior to his current position, Crimmins worked for three years across Admiralty Inlet at Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island. He also had previously worked eight years at South Whidbey State Park.