Was not Lucifer in charge of the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve inhabited it?

A coworker asked me this question, and although he couldn't remember the exact chapter in the Bible he based his question on, I believe it is Ezekiel 28.  Adam, my coworker's name, said he was.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The passage in question is Ezekiel 28:11-19, which is often cited as having a double meaning with respect to the king of Tyre and also the fall of Lucifer. Specifically, verse 13 says of him, "You were in Eden, the garden of God."

Satan (in his fallen condition) is depicted in the Bible as having been present in Eden in the guise of the serpent who deceived Eve and caused her to sin. However, the Bible does not portray him as having been involved in any capacity with respect to the creation of Eden (which was accomplished directly by God Himself, as indicated in Genesis 2:8), or its "management" (in the sense of being "in charge" of it). 

(For Lucifer to have been "in charge of" Eden would equate him with Adam, of whom Genesis 2:15 says, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Adam was not Lucifer in an incarnate form, or in any other sense. Instead, Lucifer/Satan caused humanity to fall into sin.)

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