August 22, 2007

Mary Martin Retires

Lassen names new park superintendent

Record-Searchlight [Redding, CA]

Lassen Volcanic National Park has a new superintendent.

Darlene Koontz, who is expected to start in early October, will be moving from Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, where she has been the superintendent for the past four years, according to park officials

Koontz is a 27-year National Park Service veteran who also has worked at Everglades National Park in Florida, Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia and at Grant Kohrs Ranch in Montana.

She replaces Mary Martin, a 38-year park service veteran, who retired on July 3. Martin started as superintendent in fall 2005 after serving for a decade as the first superintendent for the Mojave National Preserve in Southern California.