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Sutton Appointed Superintendent at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

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

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Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Sutton Appointed Superintendent at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

RALEIGH -- Lyndon Sutton has been appointed superintendent of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Wayne County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Sutton succeeds Dan Smith, who retired in November after serving 26 years with the division, including nine years as superintendent of the park.

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 Seven Springs, Sutton graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 1977 and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount in 1982. He worked as a seasonal employee at the state park alongside Smith from 1979-82 before accepting a park ranger position at Jones Lake State Park in Bladen County.

Sutton became a senior ranger at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area in 1988, and he was promoted to superintendent at Medoc Mountain State Park in 1997. He is a certified environmental educator.

"Beyond his wealth of experience as a ranger and superintendent in the state parks system, Lyndon brings with him a thorough knowledge of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park as well as a commitment to the community," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "We're fortunate to have a person of Lyndon's caliber in this position as we begin planning for a new visitor center and other amenities at the park."

Established in 1945, Cliffs of the Neuse is among North Carolina's oldest state parks and currently encompasses 890 acres. In the past five years, it has welcomed an average of about 120,000 visitors annually.