Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has a new acting manager. Cindy Staszak, Associate Deputy State Director of Resources, BLM California State Office, began her 120-day detail here in southern Utah on April 28 with an orientation trip to Little Death Hollow, located on the northeastern portion of the Monument. 

In her California position, Staszak is responsible for oversight and direction to the Resource programs within the state, with emphasis on the Realty & Lands, Withdrawals, Recreation, Wilderness, and National Landscape Conservation System programs.

Her prior assignment was as the Associate Deputy State Director of Resources and the Lands Branch Chief in the BLM Montana State Office. She has also worked in State, County and Federal government positions in parks, recreation and natural resource management throughout her career, in Montana, Idaho and Illinois, and has a degree in Wildland Management from the University of Idaho.

Sarah Schlanger, who served as acting monument manager since November, returned to her normal duties as the associate monument manager.

No permanent monument manager has been selected, but the hiring process is underway.