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Cumberland gets interim superintendent
ST. MARYS -- The search for a new superintendent at Cumberland Island National Seashore will be conducted nationwide, but the National Park Service didn't go far for an interim superintendent.

Gary Ingram, superintendent at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at Plains, has been named the barrier island's interim superintendent until a permanent replacement is named. He will return to Plains after a successor is hired.

Ingram will begin his duties Monday. He replaces John Fry, the national seashore's chief of resources, who has been acting superintendent since the retirement of Fred Boyles on Nov. 30.

Ironically, Boyles, who retired after 33 years in the Park Service, worked as superintendent at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for 15 years before becoming superintendent at Cumberland Island in 2009.

Fry said there were no problems or glitches on the island during the six weeks he has been acting superintendent. He said he has no plans to apply for the Cumberland job, even though he has been appointed acting superintendent of Cumberland two different times.

Fry, who has been a Park Service employee on Cumberland for 11 years, also served as acting superintendent when former superintendent Jerre Brumbelow was removed from the job in 2007 after an investigation into an unauthorized construction project on the island.

Brumbelow was later fired for his role in the construction project and for violating other National Park Service policies.

Though national seashores have unique issues and challenges compared to other National Park Service sites, Fry said they are not looking for someone with particularly unique skills for the top job on the island.

Officials at the Park Service's regional headquarters in Atlanta did not return calls and an email for comment on when the job will be advertised or when the position will be filled.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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