Yosemite National Park, CA — Park officials confirm that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke paid a visit as part of a mission to make a personal point.
Today the 52nd Secretary of the Interior, a former U.S representative from Montana who officially took up his Trump Administration post on March 1, personally encouraged National Park Service employees to report any workplace harassment they experience or witness. Zinke rounded out his tour of California’s parks at Kings Canyon — and Yosemite, where, as Clarke Broadcasting previously reported here, the superintendent retired last September, amid criticisms he had created a hostile workplace.
Earlier this week an inspector general report came out. Covered here, it stated that former Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher called employees “stupid” and “lazy.” The same document also revealed that a “men’s club” environment at Yellowstone subjected women to inappropriate comments and advances.
Zinke maintains that part of the reason for the trip was to directly deliver the message of his zero-tolerance policy against workplace harassment. Confirming that Zinke met with 150 Yosemite workers, park spokesperson Jamie Richards says his message came through clearly that they are part of a team.