HELENA, Mont. — Montana has named a state parks administrator nearly a year after the previous one was fired.

The Independent Record reports the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Monday named Beth R. Shumate the new state parks administrator.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Martha Williams says the agency saw strong interest in the position and considered 13 applicants before selecting Shumate.

Shumate has served as manager of Hell Creek State Park and most recently as Fish, Wildlife and Parks state trails program manager.

Shumate will take over for Chas Van Genderen, who was unexpectedly dismissed last December by then-Fish, Wildlife and Park Director Jeff Hagener. Van Genderen held the position for eight years. The terms of the dismissal have remained undisclosed.

Shumate will begin work on Dec. 4.

Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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