Longtime NPS deputy director set to retire

By Rob Hotakainen | 02/28/2024 04:02 PM EST

Mike Reynolds, most recently the deputy director of external affairs, has been at the National Park Service for 39 years.

Mike Reynolds.

Mike Reynolds, the National Park Service’s deputy director of external relations, has announced his retirement. National Park Service (Reynolds); Jennifer Yachnin/E&E News (sign)

Mike Reynolds, one of the National Park Service’s longest-serving leaders who helped run the agency under three different presidents, will call it quits next month.

Reynolds, the agency’s deputy director of external affairs, made the announcement in an email that he recently sent to colleagues.
announcement in an email

“I wanted to let you know I will retire March 22, 2024,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by POLITICO’s E&E News. “It’s been an adventurous, wonderful 39 years with you all and those before.


“We are so fortunate to have whatever precious years serving the NPS and its parks, people, and programs,” he added. “Make the most of it.”