National Park Service Regional Director Mike Reynolds has announced the selection of Vernon Cody as superintendent of Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments in southeast Utah, according to the National Park Service.
Cody’s position will report to the superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group Area National Parks that includes Hovenweep and Natural Bridges and Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Cody has more than 27 years of National Park Service experience and currently serves as the chief of facility maintenance at the Flagstaff Area Monuments in Arizona, which includes Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Walnut Canyon national monuments, officials said. Cody assumed his new role on June 21.
“The National Park Service’s core mission is to preserve park resources and provide a world-class visitor experience,” said Reynolds. “Cody’s admirable leadership style and background in facility management will strengthen our mission and provide a great asset to both parks.”
“I have always appreciated and enjoyed southern Utah canyon country and look forward to returning to the area,” said Cody. “I am honored to serve as the new superintendent and to be part of a dedicated team at Hovenweep and Natural Brides national monuments. I look forward to collaborating with associated stakeholders, tribes and neighbors as we preserve and maintain our national treasures for future generations.”
Prior to Cody’s current position, he served as a maintenance mechanic supervisor at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and as the maintenance mechanic at the Flagstaff Area National Monument. He has also completed temporary assignments as the chief of facility maintenance at Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska and Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in southeastern Colorado.
Cody began his National Park Service career as a maintenance mechanic at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah. He earned a construction and architectural design degree from Coconino Community College.
Cody enjoys spending time with his wife, Gwen, and their two dogs, Chachi and Max. In addition to spending time with his family, his hobbies include trail running, mountain biking and working on volunteer construction projects.
For more information about Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments, visit nps.gov/hove and nps.gov/nabr.