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Report reveals allegations against Grand Canyon chief

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 16:22:47-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park had been investigated for disciplinary action, and over allegations she created a hostile work environment and wasted park resources.

The park announced last month that the investigation by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General exonerated Christine Lehnertz.

The allegations were made public Tuesday when the office released its report.

It found Lehnertz rightfully proposed a 1-day suspension for a senior official who repeatedly failed to follow her instructions. It also found no evidence she bullied or retaliated against male leaders or that she wasted nearly $180,000 to renovate a park residence to recruit a deputy superintendent.

Lehnertz had been reassigned during the investigation and was expected to return to the Grand Canyon soon after being cleared.

A park spokeswoman said Tuesday plans have changed but wouldn't elaborate.