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Mayor Appoints Committees to Review Animal Services, Conduct Search for Director

Friday January 14, 2011

Includes citizens, animal advocates, Metro Council members

Mayor Greg Fischer today named two committees to conduct a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and to lead the search for a permanent director. The committees include 20 people ranging from animal advocates to business executives to city employees.

“I am eager for these committees to get to work – and to help our city improve animal services,” Fischer said.

The six-person committee to conduct the performance review includes:

· Allison Woosley, a CPA and animal advocate

· Lindsy Wallace, Director of Operations for the Kentucky Humane Society

· Karen Little, Alley Cat Advocates

· Dr. Lee Hankins, veterinarian at Springhurst Animal Hospital

· Mike Norman, Auditor, Louisville Metro Government

· Jim Brammell, Chief Engineer, Louisville Water Company and member of SPOT Fund

The review will examine how Animal Services cares for animals, policies and procedures for euthanasia and will track the city’s adoption rate in recent years. The review will benchmark Louisville’s animal welfare and control efforts with other cities nationwide and look for best practices.

The eight-person committee to conduct a national search for a new director includes:

· Sadiqa Reynolds, Chief of Community Building for Mayor Fischer

· Lori Redmon, Kentucky Humane Society

· David Hall, Floyd County/New Albany Animal Control and Shelter

· Terri Cardwell, business owner and member of SPOT Fund

· Patti Swope, business executive and animal advocate

· Kellie Watson, Director of Human Resources, Louisville Metro Government

· Jessica Reid, No Kill Louisville

· Police Chief Robert White or his designee

Once the search committee narrows its list to six finalists, a separate review team will provide additional input and narrow the list to three, which it will recommend to the Mayor. That review team includes:

· Sharon Mays, Shamrock Society

· Bunny Zeller, Animal Care Society

· Ellen Cullinan, citizen and volunteer

· Donna Herzig, Louisville Kennel Club

· Metro Council Member Kelly Downard

· Metro Council Member Tina Ward-Pugh

In addition, throughout both the performance audit and personnel search, members of the public at large will be provided opportunities for input.