October 1, 2010 -
Lizette Richardson has been selected as the acting superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park. Currently the chief of maintenance and engineering at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, she will take over for Curt Sauer who retired September 30, after seven years in the position.
During her 60-day appointment, Richardson will oversee operations for the 794,000-acre national park that receives 1.3 million annual visitors, has a $6.2 million annual budget, and a staff of 144 permanent and temporary park employees.
In a 26-year professional career, Richardson has been a design engineer, environmental manager, and project manager at several U.S. Department of Defense installations. As project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, she was responsible for multi-million dollar civil works projects, including a $344 million flood-control project in Houston, Texas.
Richardson began her National Park Service career at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in November, 2004. As chief of maintenance and engineering, she is responsible for the planning, design, construction, and oversight of a broad range of park infrastructure projects as well as on-going maintenance operations at the park, which is the fifth most heavily visited unit of the National Park System.
Lizette is a member of the Pacific West Region’s Maintenance Advisory Committee and has served a detail at the National Park Service Facility Management Division in Washington, DC. She has a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada. She and her husband Rick live in Henderson, Nevada.