Federal park manager in Northern California faces discipline
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators have concluded that the superintendent of a popular Northern California federal park improperly solicited funds for a nonprofit organization, ignored policies, displayed unprofessional conduct and misused a government vehicle.
The U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General’s Office issued its report Monday. It found Jim Milestone violated federal park regulations and policies as head of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area near Redding, 160 miles (257 kilometers) north of Sacramento.
Investigators also found Milestone improperly ordered subordinates to work on projects of a nonprofit group that supports the park and ignored Native American concerns in creating a new hiking trail.
National Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz said Milestone has been reassigned to a non-supervisory role outside the park while officials determine discipline.
Milestone didn’t repond to email requests for comment.