MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Superintendent Cam Sholly announced the selection of Sarah Davis, a 20-year National Park Service (NPS) veteran, as the new chief of Resource and Visitor Protection.
Davis will be the park’s 18th chief ranger in the more than 100 years it has been managed by the NPS and its first female to serve in that position.
Davis will oversee more than 275 employees in Yellowstone’s Resource and Visitor Protection division who perform law enforcement and emergency medical services, search and rescue, wildland and structural fire, dispatch, fee collection, special use permitting, trails, corrals, and backcountry operations.
“Sarah is an outstanding leader with a track record of high performance, strategic thinking, and collaboration,” said Superintendent Sholly. “We’re lucky to have her join the Yellowstone team.”
Davis has been the chief ranger at Natchez Trace Parkway since 2012. She led law enforcement and emergency medical services, search and rescue, wildland and structural fire, special use permits, commercial use authorizations, and dispatch within the 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive that travels through three states. Davis also managed a staff of 40 and a $3.5 million budget. In 2016 she received the first Southeast Region Excellence Award for professional leadership among chief rangers.
Previously, Davis served as the acting superintendent at Vicksburg and Guilford Courthouse National Military Parks, NPS branch chief of law enforcement operations, NPS acting deputy chief of operations and policy, and deputy chief ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. She also held a wide range of assignments at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Independence National Historic Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, and Blue Ridge Parkway.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected for this position," said Davis. "I’m excited to join the Yellowstone team, and work together to protect our first national park and its visitors, and ensure the health, safety, and wellness of our employees."
A native of Lexington, North Carolina, Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 2013.
She and her two dogs, Eleanor Roosevelt (aka Ellie) and Ginny will settle in Yellowstone by mid-December.