Dillon named to super post at Indiana Dunes

Costa Dillon

Costa Dillon

Albright Training Center Superintendent Costa Dillon was named superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a post he will assume in late September.

Dillon has been superintendent at the Horace Albright Training Center here since 2002. Before that, he served for five years as superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore in New York, where he earned a number of awards, including the Department of the Interior Superior Service Award, Secretary of the Interior's Award for Long-Term Achievement in Diversity in 2000, the Regional Director's Safety Award in 1999 and the National Park Conservation Association's Stephen T. Mather Award for Resource Stewardship in 1999.

Under Dillon, the park received the Secretary of the Interior's Unit Award for Excellence of Service in 2002 and recognition for its Sept. 11 response and assistance to New York City.

Also at Fire Island, Dillon oversaw a successful recovery of the piping plover, a federally endangered shore bird that also lives at the National Lakeshore. He also oversaw management of the nation's only immuno-contraception program for deer management and a nation-leading program in mosquito monitoring to protect public health.

An entry in the online Wikipedia encyclopedia also states that while at Fire Island, Dillon successfully prevented destructive and expensive beach manipulation that would have used taxpayer dollars to benefit private homeowners and damaged natural beaches and marshes.

He began his career with the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, where he served as an interpretive park ranger. He eventually went on to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Gettysburg National Military Park, Eisenhower National Historic Site, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

His first superintendency was at Homestead National Monument of America, where he served from 1993-1997.

Aside from his achievements with the National Park Service, Dillon might be most famous as the creator of the 1978 cult classic film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" and its sequels, "Return of the Killer Tomatoes!," "Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!" and "Killer Tomatoes Eat France."

He replaces Dale Engquist, who retired at the start of this year.

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