MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has announced Director Mark Kumpf will no longer hold his position after this week.

In a statement, Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert stated, “The Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator desire to move forward with new leadership at the Animal Resource Center in order to implement recommendations of the recent external review.”

The Animal Resource Center has been undergoing an evaluation process by Team Shelter USA amid criticism from the community questioning the shelter’s policy.

Effective December 14, Kumpf will no longer be employed with Montgomery County and Bob Gruhl will step in as interim director of the Animal Resource Center.

Bob has previously served as Deputy Director of Operations at Montgomery County Job and Family Services, and “brings extensive change management and process improvement experience to the role.”

Colbert adds that the county looks forward to reviewing the full report from Team Shelter USA, and implementing their best practice and process improvement recommendations.

Beth Miller, of non-profit initiative Wagtown, sent 2 NEWS a statement saying, “A changing of the guard at Montgomery County Animal Resource Center seems to be a good indication that accountability will be a part of the evolution from a reactive organization with an embarrassing track record to a proactive agency that provides community resources rather than citations. I look forward to joining the many stakeholders who will step forward to make huge improvements for community. It’s time for all of us to get involved.”

2 NEWS has reached out to Mark Kumpf for further comment but has yet to hear back.

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