McSally urges Interior Department to fill Grand Canyon superintendent position

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally urged Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to permanently fill the position of superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park May 13. (Matt York/AP Photo)

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally urged Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to permanently fill the position of superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park May 13. (Matt York/AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) urged Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt May 13 to permanently fill the park superintendent role at Grand Canyon National Park.

The park has lacked stable leadership since Superintendent Christine Lehnertz resigned March 14. In a letter sent to Secretary Bernhardt, McSally asked to expeditiously fill the role in addition to addressing sexual harassment and recent deaths in the park.

“Filling the role of Park Superintendent at the Grand Canyon is a particularly pressing matter given that tragically, four deaths have already occurred at the park this year alone,” McSally wrote. “Additionally, the Grand Canyon National Park has been at the center of an alarming problem the National Park Service (NPS) has with sexual and workplace harassment. A leadership vacuum threatens to undermine long-term operations at the park as well as the ability to provide much-needed oversight of critical personnel issues.”

On March 28, McSally pressed then-Acting Secretary Bernhardt on the disturbing history of sexual harassment and recent turmoil at Grand Canyon National Park following the resignation of Superintendent Christine Lehnertz.

The letter also comes on the heels of four recent visitor deaths at Grand Canyon National Park.

Information provided by the Office of Senator Martha McSally

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