Meet And Greet With The Final Four Candidates For Austin's Chief Animal Services Officer

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Meet And Greet With The Final Four Candidates For Austin's Chief Animal Services Officer
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Austin Animal Advocates says
The City of Austin will host a community meeting April 7 for the public to meet candidates for the new Chief Animal Services Officer and provide input about who is selected for the position.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd.

This position will oversee the operations of the largest open intake municipal animal shelter in Central Texas which provides shelter to more than 18,000 animals annually and services to Austin/Travis County. The Chief Animal Services Officer will lead a staff of 98 with an annual budget of $10.6 million.

At the April 7 meeting, participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with the individuals selected as candidates and will be asked to offer feedback regarding the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses.

Four candidates will be interviewed earlier in the day on April 7. Those scheduled for interviews include:

Dustin Deel, Assistant Director of Municipal and Community Services, City of Weatherford, Texas
Tawny Hammond, Animal Shelter Director, Fairfax County, VA
Kevin Hertell, Executive Director, Second Chance Center for Animals, Flagstaff, Arizona
Anne Martinez, Assistant Director, Department of Youth Services, Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deputy Animal Services Officer Chris Noble has served as Interim Officer since the departure of Abigail Smith in December. Noble did not apply for the permanent position.

Since October 2010, Animal Services has worked on a 34-point No-Kill Implementation Plan with the support of community partners such as Austin Pets Alive!, the Austin Humane Society, EmanciPet and Animal Trustees of Austin, as well as more than 250 volunteers.

In February 2011, the Center earned no-kill status surpassing the 90 percent benchmark for such designation by reaching a 92 percent live animal outcome rate which was unprecedented nationally.

Since then, the Animal Center has maintained its no-kill status, increasing live outcomes while reducing animal intakes.
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By: Austin Animal Advocates

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