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Karen Bradford Selected as New Superintendent of Arkansas Post National Memorial
Karen Bradford, a 26-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been selected as the new Superintendent of Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett, Arkansas. She is currently the Chief of Visitor and Resource Protection and Fire Management at Buffalo National River and supervises the Midwest Region Ozark Communication Center, which serves as the dispatch center for multiple parks. She will begin her new assignment on September 3.
“We are pleased to welcome Karen as the superintendent of Arkansas Post” said Midwest Regional Director, Cam Sholly. “Karen brings a wide range of experience in managing park operations and a proven ability to build relationships. She will help the team at Arkansas Post continue on a positive trajectory.”
Bradford has served in 11 national parks, including as acting Superintendent at Arkansas Post earlier this year and as acting Superintendent at Katmai National Park and Preserve, Aniakchak National Monument, and Alagnak Wild River. Bradford has an Associate of Science degree and a certificate from the Park Ranger Academy at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN.
“I am excited to transition from my law enforcement career into managing a park,” said Bradford. “Arkansas Post is small in acreage but rich in historic and natural resources. I look forward to working with partners to protect these resources and share the park’s incredible stories with the public.”
Bradford enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, fishing, and horseback riding, and is looking forward to getting to know the community around Arkansas Post.