WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the designation of Margaret Everson to exercise the delegable authority of the director of the National Park Service (NPS). Deputy Director for Operations David Vela, who has been serving as the Director of the NPS, announced his upcoming retirement today. Ms. Everson has been serving as Counselor to Secretary Bernhardt supporting the NPS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“David Vela has served the public for 30 years and announced his upcoming retirement today. He has always been committed to the mission of the National Park Service, and I wish him well with his future endeavors,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “Margaret Everson is a great leader who will provide a steady hand as this transition takes place for the National Park Service.”
“It has been my honor to serve as the deputy director of the National Park Service,” said Deputy Director for Operations David Vela. “Over the past 30 years, I have had the distinct privilege of working alongside the men and women of the National Park Service to protect our nation’s most special places and all of the stories they contain.”