CONROE-The Montgomery County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the hiring of Charles Jackson as the permanent animal shelter director during the regularly scheduled commissioners court session on Tuesday.
“I am very excited to bring my experience to Montgomery County,” Jackson said during commissioners court.
The hiring of Jackson marks the end of the county’s nationwide search for a new director. The Human Resources Department reviewed over 50 resumes from across the country before presenting the final five candidates to court officials. Jackson, along with three other candidates, was interviewed on Friday during a court special session before the decision was made final on Tuesday. Jackson’s start date has not yet been determined.
“I walked through the animal shelter with Charles on Monday to make sure that every question he had was answered before we met again today during executive session,” said Commissioner Noack. “I feel very confident in our selection and believe that now is the time for us to set aside our differences, follow Charles’ leadership and focus on the future of the animal shelter.”
During Jackson’s time as the deputy assistant director at BARC in Houston, he and his staff executed one of the largest public sector shelter turnarounds in history, saving the lives of thousands of animals. Jackson was also commended for his ability to communicate effectively to his team by providing a vision and setting goals.
Montgomery County will be hosting a reception to introduce and welcome Jackson on as the permanent animal shelter director. Details for this event will be released as soon as they are finalized.
“Please join me in giving Charles Jackson your full community support,” said Noack.
In addition to selecting a new director, the court unanimously approved to shift the oversight of the animal shelter from under just Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark to all of the commissioners court.
“The Montgomery County Animal Shelter is a countywide operation,” said Commissioner Noack. “I believe the animal shelter will benefit from the entire court having a say in its daily operations.”
Correction: Dec. 14, 2016
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Montgomery County Commissioners Court deliberated and approved the hiring of Charles Jackson as the new Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director during an executive session. The article has been corrected to reflect that the court approved the hiring of Charles Jackson during the regularly scheduled commissioners court session.