Mark Pickel has been selected as the next superintendent of Waitsburg School District.

District officials said today the Garrison Middle School assistant principal will replace Jon Mishra in July, when Mishra heads to a job in Olympia. The board was pleased with both finalists, but the decision came down to the best fit with the board and to meet the community’s needs, said Bill Jordan, an education consultant helping with Waitsburg’s superintendent search.

Pickel and his family live in the Waitsburg area. He’s worked at Garrison since 2015. Before that, he was assistant principal and activities director at Walla Walla High School. He’s been in education 29 years. The superintendent job begins July 1.