As a longtime animal welfare advocate and current or former volunteer at numerous public or private shelters, including Hillsborough County Animal Services, I’m glad to hear that a new director has finally been hired for HCAS.
Scott Trebatoski sounds like a great hire, and I certainly wish him the best. But let’s be fair to the previous director, Ian Hallett, too.
Despite any alleged problems with his management style, Hallett took over HCAS on his own and was given an almost impossible task with little assistance in the way of guidance or new staff positions. Fortunately for Trebatoski, he will benefit from the management study done by a former Temple Terrace city manager and from the interim management of HCAS by a current, proven county management official.
Trebatoski will also be able to bring another employee from the shelter he currently works at, and will have the benefit of having several new positions added to the HCAS payroll by the county administrator.
Had Hallett been provided these resources, I wonder what he would have been able to accomplish during his tenure.
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