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Old 05-18-2016   #1
 
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Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga Announces Retirement

GCPBA RiverNews May 18, 2016 - Superintendent Dave Uberuaga Announces Retirement

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announced his retirement effective June 1, 2016.

On May 17 Supt. Uberuaga wrote to Grand Canyon employees and others:

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Last week I met with (National Park Service) Director Jarvis in Washington, DC to discuss the OIG's (Office of Inspector General) report on Sexual Harassment in the River District of Grand Canyon. We discussed the current situation and the Director told me he has decided a change in leadership is needed in order for the Park to move forward. He offered me a position in Washington, DC but I have decided instead to retire effective June 1, 2016."

The OIG report was released January 12, 2016, with 13 former and current NPS employees reporting sexual harassment and misconduct on the Colorado River by their coworkers and supervisors. The employees worked on the River District and said sexual misconduct had been going on for over 15 years.

The OIG report can be read here:

https://www.doioig.gov/reports/inves...river-district


Supt. Uberuaga arrived at Grand Canyon National Park in 2011. According to the report, Uberuaga and his deputy superintendent were aware of the allegations and did not take appropriate action.


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"...We discussed the current situation and the Director told me he has decided a change in leadership is needed in order for the Park to move forward. He offered me a position in Washington, DC but I have decided instead to retire effective June 1, 2016."
I'm not sure what is more astounding - that this guy was offered a position in DC after being presented with a mountain of evidence of the sexual harassment and doing nothing about it, or that he had the chutzpah to mention it in his resignation statement as if it were deserved. HFS.

Surely there must be some total shithole post they could have transferred Supt. Uberuag to if they couldn't outright fire him. What a message to send.

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Well said, Andy.

Hard to fire for sure, but know that he will have no power and no decision making ability in DC...a post any where else would be a gift.
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The beauty of a government job.
No matter how bad you screw up, they can't fire you.
And you get to keep you pension and benefits.
Screw the taxpayers!
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God bless America.
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I have always believed those high level positions are partially symbolic and should be used to display accountability. Have yet to see that put into action in any big organization to date, including the government.

Sounds like Super Uber has a long history of alleged misconduct while in the NPS. Just can't believe they offer such individuals positions in Washington.

I know a male acquaintance who made light of the sexual harassment claims recently. Said while he was working in the Grand over two decades the women "sexually harassed" him just as much. Considering the smile on his face and the innuendos made I am gonna guess his definition of sexual harassment is not the legal one. But I am gonna also guess this is a common standard/retort held down there for decades.

Looks like the effort of the brave victims and the news organizations (like HCR) who broke the story are paying off. Now the question remains if any legal charges will happen.

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Bizarre that it would even be mentioned. I am guessing it was part of some deal that he publically take the fall. Hopefully the DC job was sewer maintenance.

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Without meaning to get political.........

The best example of Rich's comment is Clinton himself in the highest, most public, most scrutinized government job there is.

Is there any private sector job where an executive could have a relationship with an intern and not get canned for it?


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He should take the guy from Lodore with him.
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Is there any private sector job where an executive could have a relationship with an intern and not get canned for it?
Ummm, yeah. Ever notice how many executives end up with their secretaries? It is common. Hopefully less so now, but sexual predators are usually the safer person than the victims in the workplace.
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