Tracy Swartout, a 12-year veteran of the National Park Service, will go all the way across the continental U.S. for her next assignment.
Swartout, the superintendent at Congaree National Park in South Carolina, has been named deputy superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park. She’ll begin her new duties Sept. 2, Park Service officials said. At Mount Rainier, Swartout will provide management oversight and guidance for the day-to-day operations of the park.
Swartout’s appointment completes a management change that began last year with the departure of Dave Uberuaga as superintendent, who took over the superinendent duties at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Uberuaga was replaced at Mount Rainier by Randy King, the previous deputy superintendent.
King said Swartout has “an outstanding blend of management,leadership, business planning and interpersonal abilities that will greatly benefit Mount Rainier. I very much look forward to working with her.”
Swartout began her National Park Service career in the agency’s Washington, D.C. office, leading the business management group within the office of the comptroller. After six years traveling to all seven Park Service regions to support park management, she took on the superintendent job at Congaree. There, she worked with park partners, environmental groups and developers on protecting the area’s natural and cultural resources while encouraging the community to get involved accordin to the Park Service. She oversaw the acquisition of 1,800 acres of land and headed the first the first focus groups addressing African-American non-visitors.
Swartout’s husband, Tom, is an environmental engineer. They have two children.