Chad Corey has been selected as superintendent of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, located in northwestern Arizona. Corey was temporarily promoted from chief ranger to acting superintendent of the park in 2017. He will replace Rosie Pepito, who retired last year.
“Chad’s knowledge of the park, coupled with his experience of managing the unique aspects of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument with our key partners, make him the right choice for this position,” said Martha Lee, acting regional director for the Pacific West Region. “He has earned the respect of his team and he is ready to take on this leadership role of the monument.”
Corey began his National Park Service career as a seasonal laborer at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2004. He has since served in leadership positions at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Sitka National Historical Park, and Zion National Park. Prior to the National Park Service, Corey served in the Army National Guard with the 72nd Military Police Company out of Henderson, Nevada. He was also deployed to Monterey, California following 9/11 and served one tour in Iraq in 2003.
“The range of cultural and natural resources within the national monument are unparalleled, and I feel privileged to be selected for this assignment,” said Corey. “During my time here I have enjoyed working with our local, tribal, and regional partners and I look forward to continuing to expand these relationships.”
Corey lives in Cedar City with his wife Carleigh, daughter Callista, and son Cohen. He will officially begin his new assignment in February.
Just over one million acres, the national monument was established by presidential proclamation in 2000. The monument, located just north of the Grand Canyon, is jointly managed with the Bureau of Land Management through a Service First agreement. Views of once-violent eruptions and flowing basalt as well as evidence of the destructive force of earthquakes can be seen in the layers of exposed geologic history on the monument. Prehistoric trails, villages, and petroglyphs also illuminate the life once lived by the ancient people who inhabited this land.
More information is available at nps.gov/parashant.