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Rogers is new superintendent at Merchants Millpond State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi Hamilton, Secretary
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Charlie Peek
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rogers is new superintendent at Merchants Millpond State Park

Raleigh -- Charles “Steve” Rogers, a veteran ranger and superintendent, has been named superintendent of Merchants Millpond State Park in Gates County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Rogers succeeds Joy Greenwood, who accepted a position as superintendent at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in November.

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

A native of Grifton, Rogers graduated from Wayne Community College in 1999 with an associate’s degree in park ranger technology. After working as a park technician in Wake County, he joined the staff of Pettigrew State Park as a ranger in 2009 and was named superintendent there in 2015. He is a certified environmental educator.

“Steve brings deep knowledge of the region, its communities and its natural resources to this position at Merchants Millpond State Park,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “He is well equipped to meet the challenges and manage the growth of this popular park that attracts more than a quarter million visitors each year.”

Merchants Millpond State Park was established in 1973 and now encompasses 3,447 acres. It recorded 251,103 visitors in 2016.