Even so, [Robert O. Binnewies]' ouster was unexpected, according to Assistant Supt. James Laney. He said the news was a "complete shock and surprise." Binnewies was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
National Parks Director William Penn Mott Jr. has named Everglades National Park Supt. John M. (Jack) Morehead, 53, to replace Binnewies. Morehead, a former chief ranger at Yosemite, is well-liked by the ranger force and "has proven himself in difficult situations," a top Park Service official said.
When the GAO findings failed to substantiate his allegations, [Paul Berkowitz] wrote Mott and selected congressmen Jan. 15 with new allegations, including the contention that Binnewies ordered the bugging of his own office to secretly record conversations with officials of the National Inholders Assn., a group of property owners within the park who have long been at odds with Park Service efforts to buy them out. A second Interior Department investigation has been ordered, officials said.