Susan Neumayer comes from the city’s Louisville at Work team, which oversaw stimulus spending. She will replace Debbie Fox, who became interim director earlier this year, but planned to return to her job at MetroSafe in April, when Mayor Greg Fischer was expected to name a permanent director.
Louisville Metro Animal Services interim director Debbie Fox will step down in April, possibly leaving the embattled city agency without a permanent department head.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fischer says former interim director Wayne Zelinsky resigned after he was approached about an adult entertainment business he was allegedly operating.
For years, reports of inhumane treatment of animals, mistreatment of employees and poor management have surrounded LMAS. Mayor Greg Fischer says that must be fixed.
Animal House is a 10 thousand square foot facility that will showcase adoptable animals under the care of Metro Animal Services.
Wayne Zelinsky, Director of Metro Animal Services, says it provides much needed space.
A State Auditor’s report found numerous management problems in animal services under the tenure of former director Gilles Meloche. Amidst allegations of mismanagement and sexual harassment, Meloche resigned, effective at the end of last year. Zelinsky was promoted to fill Meloche’s spot, and he says many operating procedures have been changed.