Jackson native named National Park Service Regional Comptroller


ATLANTA, Georgia (WJTV) — The National Park Service (NPS) announced Sunday the selection of Kandice Smith as the new South Atlantic-Gulf regional comptroller based in Atlanta, effective April 25. 

“In her time with the National Park Service, Kandice has exhibited sound financial management and leadership skills,” said Regional Director Stan Austin. “Her business acumen and expertise are eclipsed only by her commitment to helping the region uphold its fiduciary responsibility.”  

“I am very honored to have been selected as regional comptroller for the South Atlantic-Gulf Region,” Smith said. “I look forward to serving our parks, programs, partners, and the American people.”  

As regional comptroller, Smith will provide financial oversight, policy guidance and management for a $515 million annual budget covering 74 national parks and multiple programs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Together, these sites contribute more than $5 billion to local economies annually.  

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