NPS Welcomes Keith Farrar as Deputy Superintendent Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Superintendent John J. Donahue is pleased to welcome Keith Farrar to the park as the new Deputy Superintendent. Farrar replaces William “Bill” Leonard who retired from the position this spring after more than 3 decades of federal service. He began his appointment this week. The Deputy Superintendent position is stationed at park headquarters in Bushkill.
According to Superintendent Donahue, “Our management team is confident that Keith Farrar, with his broad and diverse background in business, military and government operations and leadership, will be a perfect fit for this position.” Farrar served in several business executive positions before leaving the corporate world to start his own award-winning construction company. In the military, Farrar served as a commissioned officer in the USCG, Army, and New Hampshire National Guard. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2006) he commanded the 1159th Medical Company, Air Ambulance, which was responsible for flying over 4,000 combat flight hours while evacuating over 3,000 US soldiers and allied personnel in central and northern Iraq.
Keith joined the National Park Service (NPS) in 2011 as the Chief of Maintenance at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California where he directed numerous projects including the removal of a dam in an environmentally sensitive area, the rebuilding of a road that was deformed from excessive geothermal heat, and the design and development of an environmental education camp. While there, Farrar worked with a local fly fishing club and the park’s concessionaire, California Guest Services, to establish a Project Healing Waters program to allow Veterans to fly fish at the National Park. This became a yearly scheduled event and local veterans were invited to fish and stay overnight at Manzanita Lake Campground. He hopes to be able to establish a similar program here at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
In 2014, he elected to relocate to West Virginia as the Chief of Maintenance to New River Gorge National River where he participated in the opening of an environmental education camp and directed facility activities for three park units
Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and commendations including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, The Honorable order of St. Michael (presented by the Army Aviation Association of America for outstanding contributions to the Army Aviation Community), the George McGarvey Military Leadership Award (USCG), and numerous campaign ribbons. Civilian awards include the Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award and the 2008 National Association of Homebuilders design award.
Keith and his wife Elizabeth and their two dogs are looking forward to new challenges at Delaware Water Gap and are excited about exploring the new recreation opportunities that the area affords.
NPS Photo Caption: Keith Farrar (center), shown here with contractors at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, is the new Deputy Superintendent at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.