Leslie Reynolds has been selected as the new interim chief ranger for Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service announced Wednesday. Reynolds is replacing the outgoing chief ranger Pete Webster, who is transferring to be deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park.
Reynolds will begin Tuesday and will serve through the summer and fall, the announcement said.
"Leslie is one of the best chief rangers and managers in this agency and we're very pleased to have her here in Yellowstone," Superintendent Cam Sholly said.
Reynolds started her career in 1995 as a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Yosemite National Park. She has trained as a mounted horse patrol ranger, mounted patrol color guard team member, deputy coroner, advanced life support park medic, helicopter short haul and hoist team member, the announcement stated.
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As the interim chief ranger, Reynolds will oversee the division budget of $16 million and a team of 170 members.
Reynolds has a multitude of experience in leadership in the Park Service. She has served the last seven years as the chief ranger for Cape Cod National Seashore and was the chief ranger of Shenandoah National Park. She also served as a valley district ranger and night shift supervisor in Yosemite National Park, according to the announcement.
Reynolds is a native of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Merrimack College where she majored in business management. She will be residing in Mammoth Hot Springs with her husband for the duration of the interim position.