Leslie Reynolds selected as interim chief ranger of Yellowstone National Park

Leslie Reynolds has been selected as interim chief ranger of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park officials announced that Leslie Reynolds will serve as interim chief ranger while the park begins the process of filling the job permanently.

Reynolds replaces outgoing chief ranger Pete Webster, who was recently named deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park.

Reynolds begins on June 18, and will serve throughout the summer and fall.

“Leslie is one of the best chief rangers and managers in this agency, and we’re very pleased to have her here in Yellowstone,” said Yellowstone superintendent Cam Sholly. “She has an incredible range of experience in many parks and her leadership perspectives will be highly valued here.”

Reynolds has served as chief ranger of Cape Cod National Seashore for the past seven years. She was previously the chief ranger of Shenandoah National Park and a district ranger in Yosemite National Park.

As Yellowstone’s interim chief ranger, Reynolds will oversee 170 employees and a division budget of $16 million.

Reynolds began her career with the National Park Service in 1995 as a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Yosemite. She is a native of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

She and her husband will live in Mammoth Hot Springs while she works in Yellowstone.