Alex Romero Announced as New Superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore
Following Chris Soller’s retirement this year, National Park Service (NPS) has named Alex Romero the new superintendent of the Fire Island National Seashore. Romero is a former New Yorker living in Washington D.C., with plans to move back to New York in September.
Romero has held the position as superintendent of George Washington Memorial Parkway since 2013 and has previously served as superintendent at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia as well as filled various roles at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City.
In a statement, Romero expressed his excitement for the new role, saying, “As a native New Yorker, I am honored to have been selected for this assignment,” adding, “I have spent many days enjoying the Great South Bay by boat, strolling the beaches of Fire Island, and have experienced some breathtaking sunsets that only Fire Island National Seashore has to offer. I look forward to working with all the communities, partners and talented staff managing this beautiful resource that many people have come to treasure.”
NPS Northeast Regional Director Gay Vietzke added, “Alex Romero has the breadth of leadership needed for an important national seashore like Fire Island. He has years of experience working with stakeholders and partners in a complex, dynamic park. Alex knows how to connect people to parks from historic communities and to inspire new audiences to find their park.”
Romero told Long Island Advance his family still lives in New York and he visits often. He will take on this new role following 27 years in National Park Service roles starting in October.
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