Veteran superintendent of Southeast Utah National Parks retiring

After 13 years on the job, Cannon feeling ‘bittersweet’ about leaving

Kate Cannon, who has been the superintendent of Southeast Utah’s National Parks since 2006, is retiring. Her last day on the job will be Jan. 3. Photo by the National Parks Service

Kate Cannon, superintendent of Utah’s Southeast Group of the National Park System, announced today that she is retiring. She has served as the top official overseeing Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Southeast Utah’s national monuments since 2006.

“It’s a bittersweet thing for me,” Cannon told The Times-Independent Wednesday. She will join her husband as a retiree after her last day on the job on Jan. 3.

Cannon previously served as deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park from 1997, superintendent of Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota from 1990 and held a variety of other positions in states from Alaska to Michigan and even, for a time, was a park ranger at Canyonlands National Park, according to National Parks Traveler.

The Times-Independent will have more details in coming days on Cannon’s retirement and her tenure with the National Parks Service.