UW graduate Rory Westberg is retiring from the National Park Service this month after 32 years. Westberg, deputy regional director for resources management and planning, is requesting that instead of retirement gifts people make donations to the Margaret Anderson Memorial Fund. Anderson, a Mount Rainier law enforcement ranger, was shot and killed while on duty on Jan. 1.
A statement released today by the National Park Service:
Rory Westberg, deputy regional director for resources management and planning, will retire on March 30th after almost 32 years with the National Park Service.
Rory began his federal career in with the Environmental Protection Agency 1975 in Seattle while working on a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Washington. After graduation he was hired by the United States Information Agency as a management intern. He joined the National Park Service in 1980 as a program analyst in the WASO Budget Division, where he excelled in a variety of budget-related assignments over the next seven years.
A Northwesterner at heart, if not by birth, Rory happily transferred to Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Seattle in 1987. He was selected as the associate regional director for administration a short time later. When the National Park Service reorganized in 1994-95, reducing the number of regions from ten to seven, Rory’s calm and thoughtful leadership contributed to the successful merger of the Pacific Northwest and Western Regions. He transitioned into a new position as system support office superintendent for the Columbia Cascades Support Office, and worked to reorient the staff to a new mission focusing on technical and administrative support to parks in the Northwest.
Rory’s had an important role in the Pacific West Region’s strategic organizational review in 2003, an effort to address structural budget and organizational challenges remaining from the previous reorganization. This led to the consolidation of park and regional office staff supervision under four deputy regional directors and put the region in a better financial position with clearer reporting and communication lines. Rory became the deputy regional director for resource management and planning, the position he currently holds. He has built a strong team in the region, has a great eye for talent, and is politically astute in working with diverse interests and controversial issues. Rory was awarded the Department of Interior’s meritorious service award in 2010.
A proud member of the Federal community in Seattle, Rory has shown his dedication to public service through his work of over 20 years on the Seattle Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and the Seattle Federal Executive Board. He served as chair of the King County CFC campaign in 2007 and the Seattle Federal Executive Board in 2009.
In preparation for his retirement, Rory requested that, in lieu of a gift, donations be made to the Margaret Anderson Memorial Fund through the National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org/MargaretAnderson).
A celebration of Rory’s NPS career will be held on March 29th at the nearby Pyramid Brewery from 5 to 8 p.m. The NPS family, former employees and partners and colleagues in other agencies are invited. Please RSVP by March 15th by sending a check for $25 per person, made payable to Teresa Wright, c/o NPS, 5th Floor, 909 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.