Leadership Team

The Utah Division of State Parks’ Leadership Team is comprised of our Division Director and two deputy directors. While their main office is based out of Salt Lake City, these individuals love outdoor recreation and spend much of their time visiting the outdoors and meeting with park managers, members of the public, and local and state officials.

L-R: Scott Strong, Jeff Rasmussen, Dave Harris

Jeff Rasmussen, Utah Division of State Parks Director

Jeff Rasmussen – Director

While he was named as Division Director in June 2018, Jeff Rasmussen’s career at state parks started much earlier – as a park ranger at Antelope Island State Park in 1992! Throughout his career, Jeff was assigned to Palisade State Park as a park ranger; assistant park manager and later park manager at Yuba State Park; North Region Manager, and the Division’s deputy director.

He attended Brigham Young University where he earned a degree in geography with a minor in natural resources. Jeff’s deep love for the outdoors continues to this day. Some of his favorite activities include boating, riding OHVs, camping, and exploring Utah’s trails atop his mountain bike.

Scott Strong, Utah Division of State Parks Deputy Director

Scott Strong – Deputy Director of Business Management 

Deputy Director Scott Strong has always felt a strong connection and appreciation for nature. Asking him to choose just one outdoor activity as a favorite would be extremely hard due to the wide variety of them available at state parks. Scott has hiked Frary Peak at Antelope Island State Park, rode ATVs at Wasatch Mountain State Park, floated the river from Green River State Park, and wakeboarded at Sand Hollow State Park.

Scott is also passionate about the game of golf. He has played competitively and also is heavily involved in the management and success of the four Utah State Park golf courses. He is a graduate of Weber State University with a degree in business administration and marketing.

Dave Harris, Utah Division of State Parks Deputy Director

Dave Harris – Deputy Director of Operations

A native of the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Deputy Director Dave Harris began his outdoor recreation career as a summer seasonal park ranger. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Michigan Technical University in 1983. He eventually found his way to Utah and began his Utah State Parks career as the Ranger-in-Charge at Lake Powell in 1991. He later moved on to the positions of Boating Manager, Boating Program Coordinator and then North Region Manager. He accepted the position of Deputy Director of Operations in July 2018.

Along with his love for boating, Dave can often be found hiking and exploring Utah’s mountains. Dave is also an avid mushroom hunter and bird watcher.