GC VILLAGE — After a 40-year career with the National Park Service, Albright Training Center superintendent Ed Carlin retired on Thursday.
Ed Carlin's retirement became official last week.
"It’s going to be hard to slow down," Carlin said in an interview last summer. "Since 1981, I’ve been traveling at this rate."
Carlin, 57, not only headed up the operation at Albright, but also served as the NPS director of training with 77 employees under him, 10 at Grand Canyon. The job took him to places such as Harpers Ferry, Md., Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Denver, just to name a few.
Carlin enjoyed his home at Grand Canyon the most.
"The Grand Canyon community means an awful lot to me," Carlin said. "Albright has tried to make sure anything we did helped the community."
Albright’s partnership with Grand Canyon National Park was important to Carlin.
"Our relationship with the park has been fantastic ... with both Joe Alston and Rob Arnberger," said Carlin, referring to the current and past park superintendent. "It’s a true partnership."
Carlin’s retirement was announced in September at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2001 intake trainees.
His career began 40 years ago in the Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia as procurement assistant. In the following years, Carlin served as superintendent of Chaco Cultural National Historical Park in New Mexico, assistant superintendent of Big Bend National Park in Texas, assistant regional director in Santa Fe, N.M., and associate regional director for administration in Omaha, Neb.
Carlin came to Grand Canyon as deputy superintendent after leaving Omaha. During his career, he also worked for the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, the departments of Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service.
"People from the front gate to the superintendent have been fantastic," Carlin said about GCNP. "It’s (the NPS) the best agency in government, there’s no question in my mind."
Carlin has been the recipient of numerous performance awards, including the Department of the Interior’s top two honors — Meritorious Service in 1978 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1994. He recently was presented with the training and development’s highest award for excellence — the Crystal Owl Award.
After four decades, including the last 20 years hitting the road hard, Carlin said he’s looking forward to taking it easy.
"I’m looking forward to spending time with my family," Carlin said. "We’ll be grandparents in March."
Carlin, with his wife of 35 years, Marie, a former housing officer at Grand Canyon, will live in their Scottsdale home, which they built 3 1/2 years ago. But that will only be their "retirement base" because they intend to do plenty of traveling.
The Carlins have three children, two daughters in Omaha and a son in Scottsdale.
"I’m going to miss the community, the environment ... going down to Shoshone Point and the friendships we have here," Carlin said. "I’m not going to miss traveling up and down the hill (State Route 64 driving)."
Friends of Carlin threw him a retirement party last month.