Arizona State Parks officials have announced the hiring of a new chief of operations.

Jay Ream, deputy director of parks and development, says Kelly Moffitt will start in his new position on Aug. 16.

Moffitt previously served as the state parks Region II manager.

He will now oversee the agency’s operations division, including 30 state parks and the gift shop program.

Moffitt says he is honored to have been selected for the post and looks forward to an exciting future.

Moffitt will replace the current chief of operations, Rick Knotts, who is retiring.