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Sessoms is New Superintendent at Singletary Lake State Park

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sessoms is New Superintendent at Singletary Lake State Park

RALEIGH --James Sessoms, a longtime superintendent at Lumber River State Park, has been named superintendent of Singletary Lake State Park in Bladen County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Sessoms succeeds Angelia Allcox who accepted a position as law enforcement specialist in the division.

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 and environmental education.

A native of Robeson County, Sessoms returns to the park, having worked there as a senior ranger from 1986-93. He is a graduate of Littlefield High School and Southeast Community College in Lumberton and attended classes at UNC at Pembroke. He joined the state parks system in 1983 as a ranger at Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County.

Upon leaving Singletary Lake State Park in 1993, Sessoms became the first superintendent at Lumber River State Park while it was still under development. He is an environmental educator and prescribed burn boss and holds an advanced law enforcement certificate.

"As a native of southeastern North Carolina, James obviously has broad knowledge of the natural resource issues of the region as well as the people and the communities that the park serves," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division, in announcing the appointment. "His experience as a superintendent will provide strong leadership at Singletary Lake."

Singletary Lake State Park, one of the state's oldest, was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and is generally reserved for use by organizations. Its staff also has management responsibilities for White and Baytree lakes, including lakeshore permits. The park had 41,632 visitors in 2005.