Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Who is the “they”?

Clay Jordan
Clay Jordan

If you look at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facebook page, right now,
you see beautiful pictures of spring flowers.

Ditto with the Friends of the Smokies page, maybe interspersed with a link to an article about the economic impact of the park.

Yet, today, the park announced that Superintendent Cassius Cash had named his Deputy Superintendent. Why was that not on Facebook? The top management in the Smokies (and in every park) should also be on the park website. Each employee that deals with the public wears a name tag. It would be nice if they were also on the website.

Here’s the gist of the announcement from the park press release:

Cassius Cash
Superintendent Cassius Cash

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash announced that Clayton F. Jordan has been selected as the next Deputy Superintendent… Clay is currently the Resource and Visitor Protection Division Chief where he has served since 2010. He also recently served as the Smokies Acting Superintendent from September 2014 through January 2015 and Acting Deputy Superintendent from May 2014 through August 2014. Clay steps into this permanent role with a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding ongoing issues and park operations along with park partner and community relationships.

Clay has 29 years of service in park resource and visitor protection operations. Prior to coming to the Smokies as Chief Ranger in 2010, Clay served in several supervisory park ranger positions, including Chief Ranger at Gulf Islands National Seashore and Deputy Chief Ranger at Shenandoah National Park. Prior field assignments included positions at Fire Island National Seashore, Olympic National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Mount Rainier National Park.

Visitors are always saying “they should be doing this”.  Who are the “they”?  I think that it’s important that people know who the “they” are. Superintendent Cash is relatively new in the park. I also posted his announcement when he came to the park in February.

So now, if you want to praise or criticize park actions, you’ll know who “they” are.


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