Manatee's DeSoto National Memorial to get new superintendent

January 24, 2013 

New leader for DeSoto Memorial

MANATEE -- The superintendent of DeSoto National Memorial is leaving to take a new assignment in San Francisco, the National Park Service has announced.

Scott Pardue will oversee employee safety at 58 parks as the Safety and Wellness Program Manager for the Pacific West Region.

During his six-year tenure at DeSoto, Pardue forged partnerships with local and national organizations. He added concerts, a winter luminary walk, and a new museum in the Visitor's Center.

As superintendent, Scott oversaw the creation of the Friends of DeSoto, the Youth Advisory Council and a partnership with the Chickasaw Nation.

Chief Ranger Jorge Acevedo will take over immediately on an interim basis, the Park Service said.

-- Herald staff reports

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