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A most excellent federal job — in Paris

The Eiffel Tower<br />(Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images) The Eiffel Tower
(Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

Most government job announcements follow a standard format: ” Fred Who has been named head of something, replacing  Cynthia  What, who’s taken a job as head of something else.

But a National Park Service announcement Monday strayed from that outline.  It said that Alaska regional director Sue Masica has been named Intermountain regional director, overseeing some 6,000 employees and 91 national parks visited by  more than 42 million people a year, including such major parks as Yellowstone and Grand Canyon.

But it didn’t say where the former  intermountain director, John Wessels,  was going. Turns out,  he got a spectacularly sweet gig as deputy secretary for overseas operations at the American Battle Monuments Commission, an independent agency that overseas 24 overseas military cemeteries and other memorials and monuments.

It’s a good job, lots of travel and, oh yes, it’s based in most-upscale Garches, a suburb just west of Paris. So did they keep Wessels’  new secret so as not to outrage folks passed over for the job?

An NPS spokesman says nothing nefarious, noting that Wessels left back in August.

Did we mention the job comes with an apartment? In Paris?

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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