The National Park Service has selected Patrick Gamman as the new superintendent John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the agency announced Wednesday.
Gamman will replace Shelly Hall, who retired in August. He is expected to begin his work at the national monument in Eastern Oregon in late spring, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
Gamman, an Oregon native, has worked for the National Park Service for 18 years, most recently at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, where he worked as chief of interpretation and education, according to the release. He has also worked at Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, among other locations.
Additionally, Gamman worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and spent time as a wildland firefighter, according to the release.
Established in 1975, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument encompasses three units — Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno — near the John Day River in Eastern Oregon.