Chief Ranger Hired

New Chief Ranger Appointed to Portage Park District

Ravenna, OH –The Portage Park District Board of Commissioners recently commissioned Douglas Shepard as a Peace Officer to serve as the Park District’s Chief Ranger. Chief Shepard’s duties include park patrols, enforcement of Park District rules and regulations and developing community partnerships. Mr. Shepard is a native of Garrettsville and graduated from Kent State University with a Masters Degree in Justice Studies. He has over 29 years experience in law enforcement, and is currently serving as the Chief of Rangers for Summit Metro Parks for the past 15 years, while maintaining a career in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In his free time, Doug likes to run and spend time with his family.

“It is great to come back to Portage County and share my experience with the community as a Chief Park Ranger. I take pride in my educational background at Kent State and I feel like I can really get back to my roots working with our citizens”.

Executive Director Christine Craycroft noted that Doug’s extensive law enforcement experience and his knowledge and appreciation of Portage County will serve the Park District well at this critical time in its evolution.

The Portage Park District is an independent government agency whose mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. The District manages over 1,500 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails across the county, and is in the process of developing a 10-year master plan; the public is invited to participate. To learn more, visit, or call the office at 330-297-7728.
Pictured: Chief Ranger Doug Shepard, Board President Commissioner Scott McKinney, Commissioner Deborah Petrone, Commissioner Chuck Engelhart and Commissioner Allan Orashan