WASHINGTON – The former superintendent of the Cape Lookout National Seashore is one of a handful of veteran National Park Service officials included in a proposed reshuffling of executive positions some see as retaliatory, the Washington Post reported.
Bob Vogel, a 37-year park service veteran, served as Cape Lookout superintendent from 2002-07 and has been National Capital Region director, overseeing the National Mall and Memorial Parks, since 2014. He would be sent to the service’s Southeast regional office in Atlanta as part of the short-notice transfers.
Vogel previously served three years as superintendent of the National Mall. He and a half-dozen other park service staff would have 60 days to decide whether to accept the transfers or leave the service altogether if the changes are approved.
The proposed transfers come days after the Interior Department’s inspector general determined that a round of transfers in June 2017 were ordered without explanation. The Post reported that some career staffers and others have suggested that the moves are in retaliation to employees who’ve criticized Trump administration policies.
A department spokeswoman said no announcements had been made about the transfers but that the Interior Department continually considers ways to improve.