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Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Resigns

March 16, 2019

Christine Lehnertz has resigned as Superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park weeks after she was cleared of claims she created a hostile work environment. A Parks Service investigation found the claims to be “wholly unfounded.” 

Her official last day is at the end of the month. She was the first female Superintendent of Park. Lehnertz issued the following statement through a spokesperson:
"The events of the past few months have led me to reflect on my personal and professional priorities and to reassess how I can make the greatest difference in peoples' lives. While I will always be dedicated to the protection of public lands, I have decided to resign my position as Superintendent of one of the most inspirational places on earth in order to also pursue matters of significant importance to me, including women's empowerment, social justice, and supporting families living with the challenges of Alzheimer's.
It has been the privilege of a lifetime to work for this extraordinary and diverse nation and, most recently, to steward the natural and cultural resources of the Grand Canyon alongside legions of dedicated and hardworking park employees. I am proud of the work we have done together to create a respectful and inclusive workplace, modernize our work processes and build a more diverse, equitable and resilient organization."