Probe faults Yosemite’s ex-superintendent, Superintendent Don Neubacher, for style, but absolves him of gender bias
BY MICHAEL DOYLE
Federal investigators on Monday found fault with former Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher’s management “style and behavior,” but concluded there was “no evidence” he had acted out of bias or favoritism.
In a long-awaited report, the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General gave Neubacher what amounted to a mixed grade for his leadership of one of the country’s most popular parks. Of the 71 employees interviewed, investigators noted, 42 “spoke highly” of Neubacher as a manager.
“The remaining either had no opinion, vacillated in their opinion or said that he sometimes communicated poorly; that he could be dismissive, abrupt or overly critical; and that he would often publicly criticize and undermine employees after he lost confidence in them,” investigators noted in the 24-page report.
Titled an investigation into “allegations of a hostile work environment at Yosemite National Park,” the inquiry was initiated last summer. It mirrored, in part, an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which first put Neubacher’s management under the spotlight in a September 2016 hearing.