VENTURA, Calif. – Jackie Rose has been selected as the new director of the Animal Services Department. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a search which included strong internal and external candidates. Rose will be relocating from the state of Washington to assume her duties.
Rose has 12 years of executive experience in animal services. She served as the Executive Director for the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury, Vermont; the Executive Director for the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hyde Park, New York; and for the last three and a half years, she has been the Director of Animal Services for Multnomah County Animal Service in Portland, Oregon.
“Jackie has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations and government administration and management,” said Powers. “She is very well-versed in shelter operation, veterinary services, humane animal control activities, donor development and strategic program development. Her passion for animals will be a good fit for our shelters’ no-kill mission.”
Rose will oversee the County’s two animal shelters – one in Camarillo and one in Simi Valley – that care for more than 10,000 animals every year. The department also provides public education, animal cruelty investigations, immunizations and other activities for animals and their owners. Animal Services is staffed by more than 75 County employees and a large and passionate volunteer organization.
“I have a deep and committed desire to ensure all animals receive the highest quality care and life-saving services at all times,” said Rose. “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.”
Rose, 57, is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and holds two advanced degrees. She will be relocating to Ventura County as soon as possible from her home in Stevenson, Washington and will start her new position on May 1.