ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Sheridan Steele, who has been park superintendent since 2003, will turn off the lights in his office for the last time on Friday, Oct. 30.
He said Tuesday that although his official retirement date is Nov. 15, he will actually leave two weeks earlier. He had announced this summer that he planned to retire sometime this fall.
Deputy Superintendent Mike Madell will be in charge of park operations until a new superintendent is named.
Sept. 21 was the deadline for candidates for the job to submit applications.
Officials in the National Park Service’s Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia will interview candidates and check references this month and possibly into November, Jane Ahern, associate regional director for communications, said in an email last Friday.
“A final offer/selection should be made by Regional Director Mike Caldwell by the end of November,” she said. “We expect to be able to make a public announcement in early December.”
The salary range for the superintendent’s job is $116,021 to $150,830.
Ahern said Monday that the certification of qualified candidates had not been completed, so she didn’t have a final number, but she indicated there were quite a few.
“It’s a great job at an incredible park with talented staff, a wonderful community and partners in the gorgeous state of Maine,” she said.
Acadia also is one of the most popular of the national parks. Last year, it was the ninth most-visited national park in the country, with nearly 2.6 million visitors.
There are 408 National Park Service units, including national monuments, historic sites and battlefields, but only 58 of those are full-fledged national parks. Acadia is the only one in the Northeast.
Before coming to Acadia, Steele was superintendent at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Prior to that, he was assistant superintendent at Rocky Mountain National Park. Both of those parks are in Colorado.