Arches, Canyonlands announce interim superintendent appointment

Kayci Cook Collins

A spokesperson for the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service said Tuesday, March 3 that Kayci Cook Collins is the interim acting superintendent for the area’s national parks through May, 2020.

The spokesperson, Kat Kirby, said that the hiring process for a permanent superintendent is currently underway and that candidate interviews will begin soon with a permanent superintendent in place as early as this summer.

In the meantime, Collins will oversee the Southeast Utah Group. She has more than 36 years of experience in the National Park Service, over 20 of them as a superintendent or deputy superintendent. Those assignments include appointments as superintendent at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site in Maryland, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah, El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments in New Mexico, and her current job at Flagstaff Area National Monuments in Arizona.

Collins’ other assignments include serving as the Park Service’s Alaska desk officer and legislative affairs specialist in Washington, D.C. She has also had stints at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Death Valley National Park, San Antonio Missions National Historical, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

About her temporary assignment, Collins said, “Canyonlands and Arches are iconic units of the National Park System and have always been on my wish list of places to work. I feel very lucky to have the chance to spend several months here assisting the outstanding teams of NPS employees.”