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Contact: B.G. Horvat, 252-728-2250, ext. 3014Harkers Island, NC — Today, National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced the selection of Jeff West as superintendent of North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore, effective November 12. West has served as the park’s acting superintendent since May.
“Jeff is deeply committed to protecting America’s most treasured resources,” Austin said. “He approached his acting assignment at Cape Lookout as a critical mission and quickly earned the community’s trust. Jeff’s skills and experience are ideal for the superintendency, which requires astute leadership and collaboration.”
“I strongly believe national parks are a part of the community and I look forward to continuing my work with the people of Carteret County and North Carolina,“ said West. “I cannot express how much it means to me to have been selected for this opportunity. To work in an incredible park and community with such a rich culture and history is truly a blessing.”
West joins Cape Lookout from a 2-year assignment as deputy superintendent at New River Gorge National River, Gauley National Recreational Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River in West Virginia. He began his NPS career in 1983 and has worked at some of the nation’s most recognized parks, including Everglades National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Boston National Historical Park and Canyonlands National Park. As operations section chief for the Midwest and Eastern Incident Management Teams, West played a pivotal role in managing NPS’ involvement in Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2017, the War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration, multiple Civil War Sesquicentennial events, and responses to Hurricanes Irene, Matthew and Sandy.
West spent 28 years of his NPS career in law enforcement, from which he retired as a chief ranger. He also gained valuable experience in other key agency functions, including interpretation and maintenance.
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A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. From lighthouse climbing, fishing, camping, birding, horse watching, shelling, and touring historic villages--there’s something for everyone. Cape Lookout is part of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.