Gettysburg National Military Park superintendent reassigned

Written by Dustin B. Levy/Hanover Evening Sun | May 31, 2017 10:45 AM

File: Gettysburg National Military Park superintendent Ed Clark speaks to a crowd before volunteers prepare to lay Christmas wreaths on graves at Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg on Friday Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo: Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun)

(Gettysburg) -- Ed Clark, the three-year superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park, has been reassigned, according to a National Park Service official.

Clark was stationed at the Harper's Ferry Center in West Virginia as of May 26, said Cinda Waldbuesser, the chief of staff for the northeast regional office of the National Parks Service. 

"Regional directors can use their discretion to move staff as needed to ensure National Park Service needs are best met." Waldbuesser said in an email. "The acting regional director for the northeast region felt this move was in the best interest of regional and park needs."

The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior launched an investigation into the park on April 6, said Nancy DiPaolo, the department's director of internal affairs.

The investigation remains open, so DiPaolo could not provide details or comment as to whether Clark's reassignment is related. Information will be made available to the public at an "appropriate time," she said.

Clark became the superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site in February 2014, Waldbuesser said. His new assignment is acting chief for the northeast regional office's park planning and special studies division, "where he will work on region-wide planning efforts" for the Harper's Ferry Center.

Bill Justice, the superintendent of Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, will serve as acting superintendent, Waldbuesser said. Justice has more than 30 years of experience with the National Parks service.

This article is part of a partnership between WITF and the Hanover Evening Sun.

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