County hires new animal services director

Former VP at Humane Society Silicon Valley named to fill department-head vacancy

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday selected a new director of the county's Animal Services Department, filling the role after it was vacated by the previous director's retirement.

Beth Ward, former vice president at Humane Society Silicon Valley, was picked by the supervisors in a unanimous vote Tuesday. Ward, who is replacing Glenn Howell, will begin as director on Nov. 2.

As a Brentwood resident, Ward is already familiar with many of the issues facing the department she's taking the helm of, according to county officials.

County Administrator David Twa recommended the 28-year veteran of animal care as a potential leader after a thorough recruitment process that produced dozens of candidates, county officials said.

"She has a high level of energy and passion for animal services," Twa said, "which will serve our community and the animals well."

Twa added that he believed the director would bolster the shelter's reputation and "do even more to enhance our efforts to match adoptable animals with homes."

Citizens for a No Kill Contra Costa County, an advocacy group that lobbied for a director that would reduce the county shelter's euthanasia rate, seemed pleased with the selection in a Facebook post Tuesday.

A representative for the group said they met with Twa before the appointment of Ward and that things were "looking good."

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2015 at 6:34 am

How will the new Director deal with the super increase of Canadian Geese which are flocking many a public lawn area?

How will she deal with the increasing number of deer found everywhere?

Increasing number of coyotes, fox, and other wildlife which is found now in many public places?

Simple problems which will always grow right before our very eyes leading to big problems to the public health!

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Posted by J.J
a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Frankly, seriously? We have encroached on wildlife habitat, and if you choose to live in the suburbs you've chosen to be closer to them. Her job is to help educate people on spay and neutering and to assist with the over population of "our" domesticated animals and ensure their well being.

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Frankly, are you aware of what their duties actually are?

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 29, 2015 at 8:57 am

Great recent news out of Oakland, where the new Animal Services Director, Rebecca Katz (really), has raised the live-release rate to 85% from the 60s% in her first year there, and under very difficult financial conditions. .Web Link

It can be done here, too, and is very long overdue -- Beth Ward is a very good choice -- kindly consider CCC ASD for your next best friend!

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