Shelter Board Meets, Will Not Re-hire Citrullo

Three weeks after the immediate resignation of Bob Citrullo as Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Executive Director, the search for his replacement is picking up.

The shelter board met Tuesday and discussed the executive director’s position, as well as ongoing operations.

During the meeting, Board member Joan Allen expressed a desire to pursue re-hiring Citrullo. Allen praised his work while he was here and said she felt any issues that do or did exist between he and the board could be worked out.

However, the other board members disagreed. Board member Michelle Jamieson noted that he chose to leave. In addition, she said that if issues with the board or perceived board interference caused him to leave, she did not feel that could be worked out.

In his resignation, Citrullo did not state a reason for leaving.

A motion not to re-hire Citrullo was made and approved by the board, with Allen the lone vote against that motion.

The board then stressed the need to move forward with advertising the position.

Last month, the board voted to begin the search for a new director and Shelter Board Chair Harold Andrews said they would begin that search in the immediate future.

However, Andrews said the board waited to advertise the position in order to take care of other things first.

“It was put off in order to organize,” said Andrews. “We have some volunteers who are filling in all the holes and quite successfully, I might add, to give us a chance to regroup and really determine what we want in a director.”

The board also discussed a number of operational issues during the meeting.

Concerns were raised about organizing check writing and invoice payments better, as well as streamlining the adoption process and improving response to animal control calls.

Andrews said that overall, he feels the shelter operation is running well.

“We do have certain issues that need more attention, but I think in our evolutionary process, we are progressing about as well as any shelter would progress at our stage and age and development,” said Andrews. “I think we are doing quite well.”

The board noted that animal control staff has been operating short-handed and a new hire was made in order to help alleviate that issue. Board members also said they would continue to work on the other issues that were raised.

Andrews praised the work of the shelter staff and volunteers, saying that they are doing a wonderful job.

As for hiring a new director, Andrews said the goal would be to have one in place by sometime in July.

Meanwhile, the shelter board announced that it had adopted its 100th animal since the new shelter opened in February. The old shelter only adopted 56 animals in all of 2012.