Lancaster County Conservation District Names New Manager

6/7/2014 7:00 AM

LANCASTER, Pa. — The Lancaster County Conservation District has hired Christopher M. Thompson as its new district manager, effective July 7. He replaces Donald R. McNutt who is retiring after 10 years as manager.

Thompson, of Hellam, served as assistant district manager of the York County Conservation District for seven years. He also has 19 years of experience working as a business manager and independent business owner in the greenhouse and nursery industries, and was employed as a crew leader in the residential construction industry.

“The District Board is excited to welcome Chris as the new district manager,” said Frank Burkhart, board chairman. “His leadership skills will serve the district well in the years to follow.”

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts recognized Thompson in 2012 with the Employee Excellence Award for outstanding efforts that have furthered the activities and accomplishments of conservation districts on a statewide basis.

A native of Delaware County, Thompson grew up on one of the only remaining farms there. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in project management from Colorado University and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in business management from Slippery Rock University. He completed additional course work in nursery management at Pershore College of Horticulture in Worchester, England.

As he takes the leadership role, Thompson said his immediate plans are to “look, listen and learn.” He wants to get to know the staff, find out what the district’s goals are and how it works, and learn more about the community.

“I’m truly honored to be a part of that team and I’m looking forward to it. I am really excited about coming over to Lancaster,” he said.

A father of three children with his wife, Kelly, Thompson helps lead the Red Lion Boy Scout Troop 3, and has organized and led young adults on mission trips to Colorado and Mexico.

He also served as a vice president on the board of directors of the Horn Farm Center for Ag Education.

The Lancaster County Conservation District was developed in the 1950s when volunteers — mostly farmers — joined together to assist others in saving Lancaster County soil.

The district has grown to 28 employees serving both the ag and nonag sectors. Through the efforts of the staff and its nine-member board of directors, the district has received recognition at state and national levels for its efforts in addressing local resource issues.

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