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April 4, 2013

Jeffersonville shelter director resigns

Mayor says he’s sad to see Sarah Green depart

JEFFERSONVILLE — J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter Director Sarah Green offered her resignation to city officials Tuesday. It will be effective May 1.

It is the second time Green has offered a resignation to the city. She previously submitted a letter of resignation this past winter as a result of the long hours she was working, she told the News and Tribune at the time. 

She said she was spending too much time away from her family, but agreed to stay in her role as animal shelter director because the city council agreed to add two part-time workers to the animal shelter’s staff to help ease the workload.

Green could not be contacted by the News and Tribune on Wednesday and messages left on her voicemail were not returned as of press time.

Jeffersonville’s City Council and Mayor Mike Moore have lauded Green’s work as shelter director.

“I’m extremely sad about that,” Moore said of her resignation. “Sarah’s without a doubt one of the most valuable employees the city of Jeffersonville has.”

No replacement has been named for Green and the city has posted the position, said City Attorney Les Merkley. Moore added that several candidates have been identified and “[Green’s] recommendation is going to carry a lot of weight with who takes that job.” 

Green took over the role of shelter director when Moore’s administration took office in 2011, and her tenure has seen its share of ups and downs.

The city and the Clark County Commissioners had an ongoing public disagreement about money owed to the shelter. Issues of who owed what to whom lingered, as the shelter did not receive the county’s share of expenses owed from 2010-12. 

Jeffersonville operates the shelter and collects animals throughout the county, and in return the other Clark County municipalities and the county make payments to the shelter based on population.

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