A new chief ranger has been named to oversee management of Yellowstone National Park.

Rick Obernesser, the acting chief since February, has accepted the position permanently, officials said.He succeeds Dan Sholly, the veteran chief ranger who was demoted and then transferred to Florida in February amid allegations of sexual misconduct with his former secretary.

Sholly has appealed that action, and a decision is expected before fall from a hearing officer for the federal Merit System Protection Board.

Obernesser, who is now responsible for coordinating and planning programs and activities affecting resources and visitors, has worked in Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, Tennessee, California and Massachusetts.