Cindy Staszak has been selected as the new monument manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with offices headquartered in Kanab, Utah. Staszak is currently serving in the position as a temporary appointment, and will take over reins permanently within the next two months.

“We are very fortunate to have Cindy Staszak as the monument manager. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in managing both people and projects; has great people skills; and is very familiar with issues facing western states. Cindy has proven to be an excellent leader throughout her career, and I am very pleased she is joining our BLM Utah Leadership Team on a permanent basis,” said Juan Palma, BLM Utah State Director.

Staszak has served as the acting monument manager since April, and comes to BLM Utah after serving as the Associate Deputy State Director of Resources in the BLM California State Office. In that position, Staszak was responsible for oversight and direction to the resource programs within California, with an emphasis on realty and lands, recreation, Wilderness and National Conservation Lands.

“My current detail as the Monument Manager for the Grand Staircase-Escalante is the most challenging and rewarding position I have held within BLM. I am pleased to accept this position and really look forward to working with the outstanding Monument staff, all the surrounding communities, as well as the other state and federal agencies in the area, to strengthen our ties to the land,” said Staszak.

Prior to her California position, Staszak was the Associate Deputy State Director of Resources and the Lands Branch Chief in the BLM Montana State Office. She has worked in state, county and federal government positions in parks, recreation and natural resource management throughout her career in Montana, Idaho and Illinois. She has a degree in Wildland Management from the University of Idaho. Staszak has two daughters and a granddaughter in Sacramento, and extended family in Illinois and Texas.