April 15, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Effective today I have made the decision to leave my position as the Director of Cal Boating.  I am exploring other public and private sector opportunities and will be working with Secretary for Natural Resources Lester Snow on transition.  

I want to thank each of you for your support of me and of our efforts during the last nine years.  We have been able to accomplish much, working together.  I leave with a great sense of pride for all that we’ve done to enhance public access to boating.  From new and improved boat ramps, public docks, marina rehabs and expansions to opportunities for canoes and kayaks, as well as the removal of many derelict and abandoned vessels to protect the environment and safeguard navigation. 

My greatest sense of pride and accomplishment comes from what we have achieved together to make California’s waterways a safer place for everyone; be it wind, paddle or power, commercial and recreational boater alike.  Our public education and outreach campaigns are second to none and our focus on individual safety and operator responsibility has been emulated by states throughout the country.  On the water, in our schools, at public events or through the media, our efforts have increased the use of life jackets (although we can always do better), boaters are now more aware than they have ever been of the importance of safety and I have no doubt that through their increased level of responsibility we have saved lives.

I will always look fondly upon my time as Cal Boating’s Director, take pride in what we have achieved together and will forever cherish the great friendships and acquaintances that I’ve made along the way.

Thank you all,

Ray