Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Gilles Meloche has announced his resignation amid accusations of mismanagement.
Accusations of botched treatment of animals, mishandling of documents and sexual harassment have led to calls for Meloche to step down. But Mayor Jerry Abramson says Meloche’s resignation was not forced.
“He called, came in to see me on Friday, we discussed his future,” says Abramson. “He talked to me about another community that he was in the running for. He talked to me about the potential of private practice. He thought, look, he has gone through a lot over the last months and year. Change agents go through a lot of difficulties.”
Abramson declined to say if he would have asked for the doctor’s resignation.
“We never got to that point,” he says. “He brought a letter in and submitted his resignation. The letter basically said he was afraid that with everything going on around him that the focus on animals and the services that are provided by Metro Animal Services were being injured by that process.”
Abramson says investigations into the allegations against Meloche will be conducted. Meloche joined MAS in 2005 and will step down on December 31st. Assistant Director Wayne Zelinsky will then become interim director.