Embattled Yosemite chief says he chose to retire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the superintendent of Yosemite National Park retiring (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

The head of Yosemite National Park says he was offered a job transfer but chose to retire instead after employees made allegations that he created a hostile workplace.

Superintendent Don Neubacher emailed park staffers Wednesday, saying he's on leave until his last day Nov. 1. Neubacher said he declined an offer to serve in Denver as a senior adviser to the park service's deputy director.

His departure comes less than a week after a congressional oversight committee unveiled complaints by 18 Yosemite employees of a toxic work environment marked by bullying, harassment and other misconduct.

Similar allegations have surfaced in national parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Federal investigations are underway or have been completed in all three parks.

Neubacher's email doesn't address the harassment claims. He says he regrets leaving but it's best for the iconic park.