Bill Parsons, publisher of the Porterville (California) Recorder, has announced plans to retire. His last day with the Recorder will be in August.
Josie Chapman, who has been with the Recorder for 22 years and has been the director of operations for the past year-and-a-half, will assume the duties of general manager. Parsons will continue to be with the Recorder during the transition period.
Terri Leifeste, California group publisher and vice president of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which owns the Recorder, said what Parsons has accomplished in the newspaper business is impressive.
“Under Bill's leadership, the Recorder and the other newspapers he has published for our group in North Dakota and Nebraska have done extremely well and grown every year,” she said. “In the newspaper business that's a very, very rare thing. In fact it's not the rule, it's the exception.
“We are sorry to see Bill leave, but after 45 years we understand and wish him and his family the very best.”