Brian Wollenburg to Serve as Chief Ranger at Mammoth Cave


Release Date:  August 29, 2019

Contact:  Molly Schroer,, 270-758-2192   

Brian Wollenburg to Serve as Chief Ranger at Mammoth Cave

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 29, 2019. –Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Barclay Trimble has named Brian Wollenburg as the new Chief Ranger of the park’s Resource and Visitor Protection program. As Chief Ranger, Wollenburg will oversee all law enforcement activities, emergency services and response, search and rescue, and fire management operations within the park.

 “We are very excited to welcome Brian to our busy operation here at Mammoth Cave,” said Superintendent Trimble. “The experience and knowledge he has gained from his time as a Law Enforcement Officer will be a great asset to our already robust Resource and Visitor Protection Program. We look forward to the contributions and insight he is bringing to the operation and to our park’s management team.”

Wollenburg has a long career in law enforcement with several federal and state agencies which dates back to 1991. He has served as a Military Police Officer with the United States Army; a Deputy Sheriff with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in Lexington, KY; a Police Officer with the Georgetown Police Department in Georgetown, KY; a Correctional Officer with the United States Department of Justice in Lexington, KY; Law Enforcement and Dignitary Protection for the Department of Defense; and as an Officer with the United States Bureau of Reclamation at the Hoover Dam Police Department in Boulder City, NV. He started his park service career in 2010 as a Law Enforcement Supervisor at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, NV, and then later moved to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, CA where he served as a Law Enforcement Supervisor for one of the highest visited units of the national park system. 

“I am very excited to be joining the Mammoth Cave team as the new Chief Ranger for the park,” said Wollenburg.  “Mammoth Cave is a wonderfully diverse park with great recreational opportunities both above and below ground. I look forward to leading my staff in further developing our very important program that keeps the park safe and protected for our many visitors, local community, and our own park employees.”

 Brian, his wife, Olivia, and their three sons have recently relocated to South Central Kentucky from the San Francisco Bay area and are beginning to settle into their new home.  

“We are very happy to be back in Kentucky after many years away,” said Wollenburg.  “The whole family is looking forward to getting to know the community and exploring all there is to see and do in the region”