A number of high-ranking staff members have quit, retired or left to work elsewhere.
Reports of poor conditions, overcrowding and the number of parvovirus cases have made headlines. There’s also been an ongoing battle about feral cats and the prudence of the county’s new trap, neuter and release policy.
To complicate matters, communication between management and staff also seems to be a big concern, according to a recently filed report by a consultant hired to look into the woes at animal services.
“The bottom line is that management is not perceived as trusting most long-term employees and, conversely, many employees do not trust management,”TBO.com quoted Linda Andrews-Crotwell’s report as saying. “The animal community is now divided over new policies, and the public has been inundated with reports of possible mismanagement.”
Andrews-Crotwell is a consultant brought in by the county to study issues at animal services and make recommendations for fixing problems. Her recommendations include:
- Improving leadership through training and mentoring
- Making communication a bigger priority
- Building trust among the agency’s staff member and management
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