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March 10, 2014

New manager named at state park

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain

Staff Writer

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will welcome its new park manager, Roy Johnson, Sunday.

Johnson is a Williamsburg native, but he has been in the military since 1988 and is just now returning to Whitley County. He moved from Idaho to take the job following a military career that began in the Marines and went to the Air Force, where he served for a time as a “superintendent,” which he says is similar to his new job as a park manager.

Johnson will oversee park operations such as lodging, restaurants, and other recreational activities as well as oversee other managers at the park. Johnson said the role of an Air Force superintendent is similar in that managers had to report to him and he was in charge of recreational facilities.

“After 22 years in the military it was time to retire,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he was looking for a career, not just a job, and was thrilled to see a job ad online for a position at Cumberland Falls similar to his job in the military.

“We enjoy this area and this is where I was raised,” he said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Cumberland Falls and I’m anxious to get back to my roots.”

Johnson will replace Dave Jordan, who transfered to General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton at the end of September. Jordan said he was from northern Kentucky, and welcomed an opportunity to move closer to his family.

The move came after three years of managing Cumberland Falls, and he said the transfer is not without some regret.

“I miss it [Cumberland Falls] every day,” he said. “I love it. It’s absolutely heaven.”

Jordan said working at state parks was his ideal job, and is happy he was able to stay in the same field of work.

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