ST. CLOUD -- Stearns County has named a new Parks Director.

Peter Theismann was appointed to the position by the board of commissioners today (Tuesday).

Theismann has been with the Stearns County Parks Department since 1996, became Operations Coordinator in 2004 and has been the acting director for the last 10 months.

He beat out three other finalists for the job and replaces Chuck Wocken who retired last February.

Theismann has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John's University and a Master's Degree in Recreation from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse.