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Dale Ditmanson Plans Retirement from Park Service

Dale Ditmanson

Dale Ditmanson

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, Dale Ditmanson, announced plans to retire on January 3, 2014 after 36 years with the National Park Service (NPS). He has served in the Smokies as Superintendent since May of 2004 and has been recognized for his exceptional leadership as the 2009 Southeast Region’s Superintendent of the Year and the 2013 Association of Public Lands’ Agency Partner of the Year which he shared with recently retired Deputy Superintendent Kevin FitzGerald. Ditmanson is also a recipient of the Department of Interior’s Honor Award for Meritorious Service. “Dale Ditmanson exemplifies the best of the National Park Service career employees: dedicated to the mission, driven to excellence and willing to fight to protect our National Parks. I appreciate all he has done for the American people throughout his NPS career and wish him well in retirement,” said NPS Director Jon Jarvis.

Among his many accomplishments, Ditmanson provided the vision and leadership, working closely with a tremendous management team and park partners, leading to the construction of facilities that will serve the public well into the future. Ditmanson also worked tirelessly with gateway communities, partner groups, congressional staff, NPS staff, and Park neighbors to secure approval of a Memorandum of Agreement for the future of the Elkmont Historic District, accomplished a resolution leading to the North Shore Road settlement decision with Swain County, and developed the Trails Forever partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the Park. Ditmanson has also championed the protection of natural and cultural resources while serving in the Smokies working closely with Resource Management and Science Staff to support the reintroduction of Elk, pushing for improved air and water quality standards, and helping to secure needed funds for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid suppression efforts.

More information will follow regarding a farewell celebration for Ditmanson in early January. For more information, please contact Park’s Public Information Office at 865-436-1207 or 865-436-1203.

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody Announces Retirement

 

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody

Sylva’s mayor has announced that he will not be running for a second term. Mayor Maurice Moody has decided that after 4 years as mayor and 12 years as a commissioner he will be retiring from politics. When asked what led to this decision, Mayor Moody had this to say: “My wife had an influence, she was ready for me to retire from politics. I want to be able to spend more time with grandchildren and maybe a little more time on horseback, it just felt like a good time to go ahead and retire”. Later when asked the question “Of your combined 16 years of service to the city, what do you think is your biggest accomplishment?”. Mayor Moody responded with: “Well, I think the accomplishments go to the entire board, not one individual whether it be a commissioner or the mayor. We have had several accomplishments in the passing of our ordinances when I first got on the board that I think was significant, that was really the first time we had some comprehensive ordinances. The renovation of the swimming pool was significant. Main street renovation was significant, it was actually started in the term before I was elected and we carried it through. The Bridge Park was a major accomplishment. Again, all of these were really a community effort not just one individual or not only the Board. I think there are a lot of citizens that deserve a lot of credit with all of those”. Although Mayor Moody announced his plans for retirement in June, he will still be serving in office for several more months. Filing to run in the upcoming mayoral elections begins on July 5th, elections will be held in November, and the new mayor will take office the first Thursday in December, until then the mayor says he is glad to serve the city he loves.