Mike Henry named chief ranger for NPS Outer Banks Group

Published 10:28 am Thursday, November 16, 2023

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National Park Service law enforcement ranger Mike Henry has been named as the new chief ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial (Outer Banks Group). Henry’s promotion from the Outer Banks Group’s deputy chief ranger to chief ranger occurred Oct. 22, 2023.

The chief ranger position at the Outer Banks Group leads, manages and coordinates National Park Service law enforcement, emergency services, fire, aviation, fee collection, campground operations and visitor and resource protection programs.

Henry has 25 years of National Park Service experience, including assignments at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Rocky Mountain National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and most recently at the Outer Banks Group.

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In 2016, Henry moved to the Outer Banks with his family after accepting a law enforcement ranger position at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Bodie Island district. He went on to become the Outer Banks Group’s deputy chief ranger, and most recently gained valuable experience serving as acting chief ranger.

“I am excited to continue my work with the outstanding Outer Banks Group staff and the valued residents, visitors and businesses of the Outer Banks,” stated Henry.

“Mike Henry’s experience and knowledge with the operation and issues of the Outer Banks Group will allow for a seamless transition for staff, community partners and stakeholders,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “We are fortunate to have Mike in this leadership role to provide for the safety of our visitors and the protection of park resources.”

Henry and his wife Sabrina have two children who attend Manteo High School and a child who attends Appalachian State University.