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Former Grand Canyon superintendent returns to San Francisco

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The former superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park is returning to San Francisco.

Christine Lehnertz oversaw Golden Gate National Recreation Area before taking over at the Grand Canyon less than three years ago. She resigned last month after being cleared of allegations she created a hostile workplace and wasted park resources.

She’ll start a new job next month in San Francisco as president and chief executive of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a non-profit that supports the recreation area.

At the Grand Canyon, Lehnertz had been tasked with overturning a culture of sexual harassment. She says she was proud of employees’ progress but understood all National Park Service superintendents have limited windows.

Olympic National Park superintendent Sarah Creachbaum temporarily is overseeing the Grand Canyon.

The Associated Press