APGAR – Glacier National Park has a new boss.
Charles “Chas” Cartwright replaced outgoing superintendent Mick Holm on Wednesday during an informal ceremony at the park. Holm retired in January after six years at Glacier and 32 years with the National Park Service.
A similar ceremony was held earlier in the day for park employees.
Cartwright said he wants to establish good working relationships with Park Service employees, people and groups involved with Glacier, and the communities near the park.
“I like meeting everybody,” he said. “And the common ground we share is that we all love this place.”
Cartwright comes to Glacier after serving as superintendent at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Since 1989, he has also been superintendent at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota, and Hovenweep National Monument in Utah and Colorado.
He has also served as acting superintendent at Carlsbad Canyons National Park in New Mexico and Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah, and has been an associate to the National Park Service deputy director in Washington, D.C.
Cartwright will be responsible for the management of more than a million acres at Glacier, a staff of more than 150 and an annual operating budget of more than $12 million.
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