Robin Hinchee named superintendent of Argyle State Park
..."I've primarily just been looking through files, paperwork, reviewing policies and procedures - a lot of of paperwork and reading so far," new Argyle Superintendent Robin Hinchee said of his current duties.
A press release sent out by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
was an "avid outdoorsman" with hobbies of mountain biking, hiking and fishing and further outdoor interests in cartography, glaciation and plant life native to Illinois.All around, he
sounds like the perfect man for the position of superintendent, although, as he
18 days of holding that title have been spent trying to acquire a broad sense of the procedures that go into operating a park.This includes a lot of traveling between the regional office for meetings to a get a feel for his
new job.And this is just the beginning of his
"In the future, I'll be going to other state parks that are similar in size to this one - similar in observation - and kind of following other superintendents around just trying to get a better feel for what I will be doing," he
said."I have a lot of state-sponsored training that I'll be going to after the first of the year.One's a site superintendent class for people who have never done it before." Hinchee
is originally from the small rural community of Cuba, where he
grew up fishing and hunting with his
also spent a good portion of grade school and high school exploring the outdoors while on camping excursions.Following high school, Hinchee
went on to obtain an associates in business and computer science from Spoon River College
in 1987.This was followed by a bachelor's degree from WIU in geography (1989).Since then, he
has spent his
time doing various jobs.
"(Throughout) the last decade I've been doing primarily managerial and supervisory positions - not all in one category.I've had a wide variety of workplaces - everything from factory to community service projects," Hinchee
Now, as the superintendent of Argyle State Park
, he'll deal with the regional office of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- who in turn will deal with the state offices in Springfield - while leading a team of rangers, maintenance technicians and other park employees.Prior to Hinchee
taking the reins of Argyle, the park has had its fair share of problems, thanks to a weak state economy.Last year, part of the park remained closed for the majority of the camping season since the state simply couldn't afford to keep it open.But Hinchee
foresees a better future for Argyle.
"There's a lot of potential here, but with the tight budgets, everybody's got to cut back," he
said."(But) we have various projects that have been proposed through the city, such as bike trails, and the potential is enormous."
In the meantime, it's back to paperwork and learning the ins and outs of the job for Hinchee
.And even though he's
not yet spending the majority of his
time outside, he
has no complaints.
"It's nice to get paid for something you enjoy doing as a hobby," he