C&O Canal Announces New Chief Ranger

C&O Canal Announces New Chief Ranger

Hagerstown, MD- The National Park Service announced that Bradley Clawson has been selected as the Chief Ranger for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Clawson, a 28 veteran of the National Park Service, is currently a Supervisory Park Ranger at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. He will begin his duties for the C&O Canal NHP in mid-April. Clawson succeeds Ryan Peabody who left the position in November 2007 to accept a position with U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
"We are pleased to have Brad join our Park team" said C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt, "Brad's experience will facilitate the protection of our park's precious resources and ensure our visitors safety". Brad Clawson expressed his excitement about returning to the C&O Canal NHP. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Chief Ranger and look forward to protecting the historical, cultural and natural resources of the park while providing for visitor safety". Clawson recently completed an Acting Chief Ranger detail appointment for the C&O Canal NHP
Clawson will take over the position of Chief Ranger at a time of increasing attention to law enforcement and homeland security within the National Park Service. He will supervise a staff of 16 federal law enforcement rangers and will be responsible for managing the park's visitor and resource protection program, which includes law enforcement and emergency services in the park. The C&O Canal NHP encompasses nearly 20,000 acres, more than 1,367 historic structures, and services over 2.8 million visitors each year.
In 1980, Clawson began his National Park Service career as a law enforcement ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Since then he has held ranger positions at Colonial National Historical Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and currently at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. He currently resides in Sandyston, New Jersey. He and his wife, Elizabeth have 3 adult children.