Dean Wyckoff has been selected as the new Chief Ranger for Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He began his assignment on July 17, filling the position previously held by Tom Cox, who retired from the NPS in January.
“It is wonderful to have Dean join the park management team,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “He has deep knowledge of the park and its issues, along with a strong connection to the local area. Dean will bring exceptional leadership to our law enforcement and resource and visitor protection programs.”
Wyckoff grew up in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Dickinson State University. He served as the park’s South Unit District Ranger from 1996 – 2003 and as a seasonal ranger in the park from 1988 – 1990.
As Chief Ranger, Wyckoff oversees law enforcement, fee collection operations, emergency medical services, search and rescue, concessions management, special park uses, wilderness and backcountry management, and campground operations for all three units of the park.
Wyckoff began his National Park Service career as a seasonal Park Ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and also worked in seasonal positions at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. He held permanent positions as a park ranger at Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City, and as a refuge officer at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. After serving as District Ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Wyckoff was a Zone Law Enforcement Officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck. His most recent assignment was as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator with the Bureau of Land Management in Billings, Montana.
“I am very honored and excited to serve as the park’s Chief Ranger,” said Wyckoff. “I look forward to working with the local communities on park-related issues.”