Metro Public Health Department officials announced today that Lauren Bluestone has been named manager of Metro Animal Care and Control.
Bluestone (pictured) replaces Spencer Hissam, who had served as interim manager after long-time MACC Manager Judy Ladebauche retired earlier this year.
Bluestone, who has more than 11 years of animal care and control experience, began her career as an animal caretaker at DuPage County Animal Control in Illinois, and then became an animal control officer with Kane County (Illinois) Animal Control. At Kane County, she eventually assumed the role of shelter operations and program manager, managing the operations of KCAC through private-public cooperation with Kane County Government and various non-profit rescue organizations, according to a release.
Most recently, Bluestone worked as superintendent of animal services for the City of Newport News, Virginia.
Bluestone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from Northwestern University.
“We feel very fortunate to have Lauren onboard as the new MACC manager, and we look forward to building on MACC’s recent improvements and successes,” Dr. Bill Paul, MPHD director, said in the release. “She has a track record of successful leadership, she is not afraid to try new approaches, and of course she has a genuine passion for animal care and sheltering.”