CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The man who has been the acting Chief of West Virginia State Parks for the past several months can remove the “acting” part of his title. Brad Reed has been given the job permanently.
Reed is a 31 year veteran of the West Virginia State Parks System. Among his duties during that period was a field superintendent at Tu-Endie-Wei, Babcock, Canaan Valley Resort and Cacapon Resort. He also served as district manager over cabin and vacation state parks.
“That’s very, very helpful when you try to make management decisions and you’re dealing with someone or a management crew who has been at almost every area we have at the field level. It’s very beneficial to have that field experience,” Reed said.
Reed most recently was promoted to Deputy Chief by his predecessor Sam England. England retired in December and Reed had been overseeing the system ever since.
“Those folks who came before me, the previous eight chiefs, exemplified excellence. Those are quite big shoes to fill,” he said.
Since assuming the reins Reed had helped continue a $60-Million bond project to fund renovations and deferred maintenance at parks statewide. He’s also had to shepherd the agency through the difficult situation posed by the pandemic in recent months.
“We need to continue to guide our field staff and parks through this situation. We’re well on our way to normalcy, but there are still a few changes to be made and we’re not totally sure what we’re going to look like coming out of this,” he explained.
But Reed was optimistic State Parks and other West Virginia tourism related businesses could see a surge in guests. He noted many in-state residents had rediscovered the State Parks and other amenities since they weren’t able to travel elsewhere for three months.