New superintendent at Crater of Diamonds SP


James “Caleb” Howell has been selected as the park superintendent for Crater of Diamonds State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts.  Howell has served as superintendent at Daisy State Park since 2008, and will be responsible for all operations at the park.  Howell replaces Justin Dorsey who accepted a position with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Howell assumed his new responsibility August 16, 2013.

     “Superintendent Howell is ready to take over management at Crater of Diamonds State Park,” said Greg Butts.  “He is a knowledgeable park professional with 15-years-experience in Arkansas State Parks system and is the new generation of park superintendents. Caleb started his career with Arkansas State Parks as a seasonal maintenance employee at Millwood State Park in 1998 and began working as a seasonal interpreter at Millwood, Bull Shoals-White River, and Petit Jean State Parks from 2001 to 2004.   Superintendent Howell was a park ranger at Historic Washington State Park in 2004, became a superintendent trainee in 2006, and was the assistant park superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina State Park before becoming park superintendent of Daisy State Park in May 2008.  Howell’s enthusiasm, leadership, management and supervisory skills, are why he was selected for the position.”

     Butts noted that Howell’s extensive training and experience have prepared him for his new position.  “Caleb is a certified law enforcement officer and First Aid and Responder Instructor, along with certifications in numerous other park related training programs, including completing the Arkansas State Parks Superintendent Trainee Program.

Howell states, “Earlier in my life, while taking family vacations to various national sites of significance like the Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore, and Yellowstone National Park, I have developed some very fond memories.  In those days, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to manage a world renowned site like Crater of Diamonds State Park. Guests to Crater of Diamonds State Park have the opportunity to make cherished memories and they have the chance to take home a real gem. Not only as an employee, but as a citizen, I am so thankful that Arkansas State Parks has preserved this opportunity for anyone to come and search for finders-keepers diamonds and for the chance to be a part of the “making memories process.”

     Howell earned a bachelor degree in park administration from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville in 2004, is a certified Law Enforcement Officer, First Responder, and Boater Education and Hunter Education Instructor.  Butts noted Caleb also holds certifications in Volunteer Structure Firefighting, NASAR Search and Rescue, First Aid/CPR, and is a Project Wet and Wild certified educator.

     For further information, contact:  Greg Butts, director, Arkansas State Parks,

1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Phone: (501) 682-7743.  E-mail:

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