Another Early Retirement in the Park Service
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 27, 2018
Another National Park Service employee has chosen to take early retirement rather than accept a transfer order from the Interior Department.
Lizette Richardson, currently the superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, was recently asked to lead the National Park Service’s Intermountain regional office in Denver. That office oversees Yellowstone, Grand Teton and dozens of other national parks in eight states.
But the Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that Richardson – like Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk – rejected a transfer ordered by Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department, and will instead end a long career of working for the federal government.
As part of the Interior Department’s re-shuffling of key personnel, Richardson was set to replace regional supervisor Sue Masica, who was reassigned to the Park Service’s Midwest Regional Office in Omaha – which is where Yellowstone’s incoming Superintendent, Cameron “Cam” Sholly, is being transferred from. But Masica also rejected the transfer, choosing instead to take early retirement.