News and Tribune

May 21, 2013

Jeffersonville taps Heavrin as new animal shelter director

By MATT KOESTERS
matt.koesters@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE —

The search for Sarah Green’s replacement is over.

Charles Heavrin, who serves as the shelter manager for the Kentucky Humane Society, was announced as the new director of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the office of Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. 

“We have a top-notch animal shelter. It was important to find the right person to oversee the facility,” Moore said in the release. “I am confident that Charlie is the right person for the job. His extensive experience in animal control and management will be an asset for the city and the animals.”

Heavrin, who lives in Harrison County, has been employed by the Kentucky Humane Society since 2002 in a variety of capacities. His responsibilities include shelter manager, adoptions leader, rescue officer, CEO assistant and spay/neuter clinic manager. Heavrin also previously served as the operations manager of the Floyd County Animal Shelter between 1990 and 1996, and as its interim director from 1999 to 2002. 

Heavrin will take his role with the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter on June 4. He will earn $45,000 per year managing a staff of 10 and a $500,000 budget. 

“I look forward to working for the city,” Heavrin said in the release. “My primary objective is to continue the high standard of animal care and customer service residents have come to expect.” 

Green announced in early April that she would resign effective May 1. It was 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.

 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.

The county was responsible for paying $66,500 each year to the city for taking animals to the shelter. However, the city had also failed to pay for space leased in the basement of the Clark County Government Building.

A deadline of March 4 was placed on the two sides to reach an agreement or the city threatened to stop accepting the county’s animals. A settlement was reached March 1. The county agreed to pay Jeffersonville $150,000 for the animal shelter to bring payments up to date through 2013. Jeffersonville officials added that they are hopeful a new interlocal agreement with all of the area municipalities will be in place by 2014.

When contacted by phone for comment, Moore said that while the shelter will not pursue a no-kill certification as previously stated, it is his goal that the animal shelter achieve metrics that would qualify it as such.