Thursday, Aug 11, 2005
Robert H. Hartman, Jr., a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named Deputy Superintendent of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Hartman previously served as the park's Chief of Maintenance for the past 11 years. As Deputy Superintendent, he will assume the responsibility for day-to-day operations of the park. In announcing the selection, C&O Canal National Historical Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt commented, "Bob Hartman brings a wealth of knowledge and great depth of expertise to this assignment. He truly reflects the deep passion that our employees have for meeting the National Park Service's dual mission of serving visitors and protecting park resources. I have great confidence in Bob's ability to manage all phases of park operations."
In 1994, Hartman was selected as the C&O Canal's Chief of Maintenance where his responsibilities have included the recovery from three major floods and numerous small ones, as well as the rehabilitation of numerous significant park historic structures including the Monocacy Aqueduct, Great Falls Tavern, and the development of three visitor centers. In 1997 he received the National Capital Region's award for outstanding stewardship of natural resources through maintenance operations. He has served as Acting Deputy Superintendent and Acting Superintendent on numerous occasions.
Prior to Hartman's service at the C&O Canal, he served as Chief of Maintenance at National Capital Parks-East in Washington, D.C. and Facility Manager at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreational Area in New York. Hartman also served two long-term acting assignments as the Unit Manager of the Sandy Hook and Staten Island Units of Gateway National Recreation Area.
Hartman began his federal career in 1975 with the Public Works Department of the Department of the Navy, U.S. Naval Academy. This experience led to his selection into the National Park Service's Williamsport Preservation Training Center as a trainee Exhibit Specialist in restoration. This program transformed journeyman craftspeople into preservation specialists who could professionally care for historic structures.
Prior to his federal service and joining the National Park Service, Hartman served in the U.S. Army from 1966 until 1969 including 19 months in Vietnam with Combat Engineer Units. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1969 until 1992 and was assigned to Signal, Infantry and Engineer units. He retired in 1992 at the rank of First Sergeant. After discharge from the U.S. Army, he completed an apprenticeship program with Bricklayer's Local #6 Washington, D.C., and supervised the masonry construction on numerous commercial, educational, religious, and federal buildings throughout the area.
Hartman is a native of Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from Frederick High School. He later attended community colleges and the University of Maryland. His son, Rob, and his granddaughter, Faith, reside in Aurora, Colorado. Daughter Julia and husband Sam reside in Russet, Maryland. His mother, Louise Williams, lives along the C&O Canal in southern Frederick County in the same house where Hartman grew up.