Multnomah animal services head takes job in California
Jackie Rose, who oversees a Multnomah County animal shelter that was criticized by auditors for substandard care, has taken a job in southern California.
Rose will take over as director of the animal services department for Ventura County. Her last day as animal services director for the county is April 12.
Her new agency is about the same size as the one she is leaving. But Rose will receive a raise. She will be paid $175,681 to oversee about 75 employee, according to the Ventura County Star newspaper. Currently she makes $139,564.
Wade Sadler, who serves as business services manager for the animal services division, will serve as interim director while the county launches a national search for Rose's replacement.
"Jackie has made many positive contributions to the organization, community and the animals under our care,'' said Rose's supervisor, Kim Peoples, the director of the Department of Community Services, in a prepared statement. "We know that the agency is in good hands with Wade during this transition."
Rose's administration has generated some controversy, such as last year, when her subordinate, internal ally and fellow member of the agency's band, The Strays, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Randall Brown, the top animal control officer, was convicted after using his Multnomah County government credit card for $52,000 worth of purchases of gold bullion, knives and other survival gear — everything from gas masks, beef jerky and rifle scopes to $401 worth of detailing for his personal truck.
The county at the time declined to comment on why Rose did not notice that he wasn't turning in expense statements. The ones he forged her signature on included a receipt from a company called "SD Bullion" and several others from a company called AMPEX, an online company that deals solely in precious metals. Brown bought more than $24,000 worth of gold bars in chunks of $4,000 online, only to sell them at a local Portland store that buys precious metals, usually taking a loss.
Rose also sparked criticism for her oversight of the animal shelter, which serves 6,000 to 7,000 animals a year. Like many municipal animal shelters, it deals with animals that include those with more serious behavioral issues, while the more adoptable pets often are transferred to nonprofits to find them homes..
In 2016, Multnomah County auditors found poor management and animal care at the county's shelter in Troutdale.
Last year, following up, they found much the same situation, only in some aspects worse. They reported on questionable handling and continued adopting-out of overaggressive or dangerous dogs, woeful staffing levels, and poor treatment of animals that contributes to behavior problems. And though two-and-a-half years had passed, only a third of the prior audit's recommendations had been completed.
When Ventura County announced her hiring on March 22, it released a statement by Rose. "
"I have a deep and committed desire to ensure all animals receive the highest quality care and life-saving services at all times," she said, in the statement. "I am devoted to progressive, customer-oriented programming to provide forever homes for the animals receiving shelter services and the well-being of all animals."
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