National Park Service names superintendent for Yosemite

Cicely Muldoon. Photo courtesy Yosemite National Park on Twitter.

The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has selected park service veteran Cicely Muldoon as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. 

Muldoon is a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service and has been acting superintendent since January. Before that, she was superintendent at Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California's Marin County for nearly 10 years. 

Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, according to its website, but it is also home to granite peaks and domes, broad meadows and groves of ancient giant sequoias. 

The park attracts more than 4 million visitors a year and employs 1,200 people. 

"A childhood visit to Yosemite introduced me to national parks. It captured my imagination and my heart then, and still does," she said, adding it's "the honor of my career" to join the Yosemite team. 

A previous superintendent, Don Neubacher, retired abruptly in 2016 following allegations by employees that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct.

Muldoon holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California, Davis. She starts her new role Nov. 8.