New superintendent chosen for Mount Rainier National Park

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MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. (AP) – The National Park Service has chosen Palmer “Chip” Jenkins, Jr., to be the next superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park.

The park service says Jenkins will start in his new role in mid-March, replacing Randy King who retired in January.

Jenkins is the Pacific West Region deputy regional director based in Seattle, responsible for the region’s resource management and park planning programs. He also supervises park superintendents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Since March 2017, Jenkins has been on temporary assignment to Yosemite National Park as the park’s acting superintendent.

His career began more than 30 years ago as a seasonal park ranger at North Cascades National Park.

Jenkins is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies.