After 42 years of federal service, 36 with the National Park Service (NPS), Ozark National Scenic Riverways Superintendent Larry Johnson is retiring on Jan. 3.
Johnson has been the superintendent at the park since 2015.
A native of Iowa, Johnson worked three summers as a forestry technician on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota while attending Iowa State University.
After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, he landed his first permanent park ranger job in 1979 with the Army Corps of Engineers in Iowa.
In 1983 Johnson donned his first NPS uniform when he moved to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa as a supervisory park technician. That first NPS assignment was the beginning of a long and illustrious career as an NPS law enforcement ranger, chief ranger and superintendent.