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Interim superintendent named at Gettsysburg

Mel Poole, the current superintendent of Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Md, will assume the duties of interim superintendent at Gettysburg National Military Park on Nov. 23, according to the National Park Service.

The announcement follows on the removal of long-time Gettysburg superintendent John Latscher from his job last month after investigators discovered more than 3.400 sexually explicit images on his computer. The investigation was triggered by 17 allegations of misconduct and possible criminal activity, but he was cleared of those allegations.

The official investigative report, released on Sept. 17, did not include the results of the analysis of Latcher's computer. The Washington Post obtained an internal Aug. 7 report that included the computer activity. Officials at the Interior Department have refused to explain why that information was not included in the final report.

Latscher was demoted to a job in the Park Service's cultural resources office as an assistant to the associate director in Washington, but he will be working in a Park Service office in Frederick, closer to his Gettysburg home. His annual salary of $145,000 and his pension will not be affected.

Park Service officials expect to name a new superintendent for Gettysburg early next year. Poole has said he will not be a candidate for that job, considered one of the most prestigious positions in the Park Service, and he will eventually return to his former post at Catoctin.

By Linda Wheeler  |  November 10, 2009; 4:20 PM ET
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