Interior Designates New National Park Acting Director

Announces Deputy Director for Operations retirement.

The Interior Department announced that the Deputy Director for Operations David Vela would be retiring shortly. Mr. Vela has been serving as the acting Director of the National Park Service in addition to his primary role. Due to his retirement announcement, Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt announced that Margaret Everson would be the new acting Director.

Secretary Bernhardt congratulated Mr. Vela on his time at the Department saying, “David Vela has served the public for 30 years and announced his upcoming retirement today. He has always been committed to the mission of the National Park Service, and I wish him well with his future endeavors. Margaret Everson is a great leader who will provide a steady hand as this transition takes place for the National Park Service.”

Shawn Benge will become the Deputy Director for Operations in September.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to lead Secretary Bernhardt to find the best people to work in the Interior Department.
  • That God would bless David Vela in his future endeavors.
  • For God to empower Margaret Everson to lead the National Park Service with excellence. 

Sources: Interior Department


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