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Pat McCrory, Governor
Susan Kluttz, Secretary
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Charlie Peek
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Murr new superintendent at Raven Rock State Park

Raleigh -- J.R. Murr, a veteran ranger, has been named superintendent of Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Jeffrey Davidson, who accepted a position as superintendent of Morrow Mountain State Park.

A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for visitor services, natural resource protection, environmental education, staffing, training and law enforcement.

A native of Brevard, Murr graduated from Haywood Community College in 1988 with an associate’s degree in forest management technology, and in 2005, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Western Carolina University. He served as a volunteer fireman and emergency medical technician and later with the N.C. Forest Service, as deputy with the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and as a special agent with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State. Murr joined the state parks system as a ranger at Morrow Mountain State Park in 2010, and holds certifications in environmental education, forestry, advanced law enforcement and criminal investigation from the N.C. Justice Academy.

“J.R. has a wide range of skills developed during more than 28 years of public service and he is committed to the state parks system’s mission of conservation, education and recreation,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “Raven Rock is developing as one of our most popular parks in the piedmont region with new opportunities for visitor services, and he is well suited to guide its growth.”

Raven Rock State Park was established in 1969, and now encompasses 4,694 acres. It reported visitation of 225,849 in 2015.