The Franklin County commissioners have announced a new director to oversee the county’s Animal Care and Control Department, which includes the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.
Kaye Dickson will take over the position today, August 6.
As director, Dickson will oversee an agency that takes in about 10,000 dogs each year and is responsible for enforcing Ohio’s canine laws within Franklin County.
The department has over 60 employees, including 20 deputy wardens and has an annual budget of about $5.1 million.
“Public safety and the health of the animals in our care are of the utmost importance,” said Board of Commissioners President Kevin L Boyce. “Director Dickson understands this and has an impressive combination of education and experience that will help her lead our Animal Care and Control Department, and to ensure that the shelter is the best that it can be.”
Dickson is an Ohio native and life long public servant who spent 27 years with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department in Arizona where she rose through the ranks as a deputy, including serving on the SWAT team, to eventually become commander of patrol and support services. She served as director of Pinal County Animal Care and Control for four years and was also a previous director of Franklin County Animal Care and Control before returning to Arizona in 2016 to run for political office.
She is a certified Emergency Animal Medical Technician, a certified Public Administrator and holds a National Animal Control Certification Level 1-4.
As an open admission shelter, the Franklin County Dog Shelter accepts all dogs regardless of age, health or temperament.