City of Abilene set to begin nationwide search for Animal Services Director
The City of Abilene will soon begin a nationwide search for a Director of Animal Services. This comes following the resignation of Animal Services Director Mirenda Walden, effective December 3, 2018.
The City received a complaint regarding the supervision and management of animal services personnel. The City promptly investigated this complaint. Subsequent to this investigation, Walden resigned.
“The search for a new Animal Services Director will be an opportunity to continue to move our animal services program forward. Additionally, and as previously discussed with the City Council during budget hearings, we will begin formal analysis of replacing our current shelter with a new, modern facility. I do not anticipate the search for a new Director to slow this process down,” said City Manager Robert Hanna. “It is important that we take the time to find the right person to serve in this important position, and it is equally important that we keep the public’s business moving forward.”
Mr. Hanna intends to hire a national search firm to assist in the recruitment of the best possible person for the position. “It is important to recruit the best talent we can. This position is historically one of the more difficult positions to recruit. The use of a search firm will assist us in finding the person most capable of leading this important service for our community,” said Hanna. It is anticipated a search will take from three to five months to complete.
In the interim, Animal Services is being administered by the two current supervisors, with managerial oversight and support being provided by Deputy City Manager Mindy Patterson.