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Mayor Fischer Names New Director at MAS

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Mayor Fischer Names Justin Scally as Director of Metro Animal Services

Two members of new management team also named

Mayor Greg Fischer has tapped a leader at The Humane Society of the United States to be the new director of Metro Animal Services and lead the agency in a transformation in which no adoptable animal is killed.

Justin Scally, of Maryland, currently is interim leader of disaster services for the Humane Society. He responds to national disasters, such as the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri and the wildfires in Arizona, to help rescue pets and animals in danger.

“Justin is the exact leader we need to transform Metro Animal Services to make it the best animal agency in America,” Fischer said. “He’s bright, he’s experienced and he’s compassionate – and passionate – about animals.”

Scally also has supervised and managed the agency’s national effort to combat illegal animal operations and has conducted investigations in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and deployed rescue teams to save dogs being bred in puppy mills. He is the former director of the Wayne County Department of Animal Control in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he helped construct a new $2 million animal adoption education center.

Scally said it’s his goal to turn Metro Animal Services into a best-in-country model and today he named two members to his senior leadership team:

· Donald Robinson as assistant director of operations. Robinson has 10 years of experience in managing complex operations in union and non-union environments. He currently works for Allied Automotive Group in Tampa and formerly worked for the same company in Louisville.

· Margaret Brosko as senior manager of special initiatives and communications. Brosko is currently communications manager at Metro Parks. She is a former TV news reporter and worked in customer service at Grand Canyon National Park.

Scally, a former newspaper photographer and a volunteer firefighter, will being his new job Aug. 8th and will be paid $90,000.

He began his animal career as a veterinary technician and assistant at a clinic in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He then was named an animal control officer in Millersville, Maryland before being named Director of Animal Control in Wayne County, North Carolina.

“I made the decision to hire Justin after a national search and after many hours of thoughtful consideration,” Fischer said. “After spending time with him, I am convinced that he is the right person to lead us in a new direction at Metro Animal Services. He will bring a new level of energy to our city, and he will create a culture of innovation and compassion at Metro Animal Services.”