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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in No Rush to Replace Animal Services Director


Louisville Metro Animal Services has gone six months without a permanent director, but Mayor Greg Fischer isn’t in a rush to fill the post.Since Justin Scally left in May, Animal Services has been led by Margaret Brosko and Donald Robinson.Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter says the  "good job" the interim leadership team has bought the mayor time to find a full-time director. On Friday, Animal Services and other city agencies touted improvements in adoption strategies and other matters during presentations focused on innovation.“Things have been going so smoothly under Margaret and under Donald, we’re not in any rush to make a bad decision on hiring another director," Poynter says.Scally had replaced Gilles Meloche as the full-time director. A couple of interim leaders served in between, and Louisville Metro Animal Services got a good deal of criticism for multiple issues before and after Meloche left in 2009.The job was posted soon after Scally resigned for a post with the American Humane Association. But Poynter says the administration hasn’t thoroughly gone through the applications.He says he can’t rule out the mayor deciding to make the interim leadership team permanent.Scally made $91,800 and the balance of his salary will be lumped into the general fund at the end of the fiscal year.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.