The Newton County Quorum Court met in regular monthly session Monday, Aug. 6. The only item of new business was an ordinance cleaning up an earlier one establishing the county's listing of employees and compensation. The list needed updating for presentation to state auditors.
The JPs discussed in July the possibility of inviting Mark Foust, new superintendent of Buffalo National River, to the Sept. 4 quorum court meeting to get acquainted. Foust is currently the Superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado. He was scheduled to assume his new role in late July.
There have been conflicts between the county and the park service over the years regarding road closings, river access and cemeteries.
JP Arlis Daniels suggested extending the invitation at the July meeting and JPs moved the matter to the August agenda.
There was little discussion Monday and County Judge Warren Campbell was authorized to extend the invitation.
A third-generation National Park Service employee, Foust has lived all over the country. His father, Ray Foust, retired from the NPS as the Superintendent of Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California, and his grandfather was an archeologist at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
Foust graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1989 with a B.S. in Resource Science. He enjoys competing in triathlons, rafting, kayaking, running, hiking, hunting, and biking (mountain and road). He and his wife, Lori, are looking forward to relocating to the area and enjoying the river and trails of Buffalo National River and the surrounding area, according to a National Park Service press release announcing Foust's appointment.