Beach Access and Park Issues
May 16, 2012

Seashore superintendent Mike Murray announces he will retire July 31


Cape Hatteras National Seashore superintendent Mike Murray announced to his staff today that he will retire on July 31.

Murray, 57, arrived at the seashore in December, 2005 after a revolving door of superintendents and acting superintendents.

His 6 years as Outer Banks Group superintendent was a period of stability in seashore management, but also the most contentious period in the seashore’s history as the park worked through the process of formulating a long-term off-road vehicle plan and final regulation.

The final plan and rule were effective on Feb. 15.

Raised in Franklin, Va., Murray is a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service. He was assistant superintendent at Cape Cod National Seashore before being named Outer Banks Group superintendent in November, 2005, overseeing the seashore, Wright Brothers National Monument, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

“I feel like I am on a runaway train at the moment,” Murray told the media in his first meeting with reporters in January, 2006.

“I can see this could be a very complex job,” he said then.

It turned out to be complex and then some as he tackled his first priority, the ORV management plan.

(A more complete article on Murray’s retirement will be published tomorrow in Island Free Press.)

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