Humane society membership selects new board members

The Humane Society Serving Logan County once again has a full 11-member board of directors after a Friday evening membership meeting.

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Members of the Humane Society Serving Logan County cast ballots for the new board membership during a special meeting Friday evening. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The move came in response to a shakeup earlier this year within the organization that runs the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter.

Steffen Baldwin of Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Ohio conducted an investigation into the agency’s overall operation following the resignation of former pet shelter director Lori Plummer in late March.

High among Mr. Baldwin’s findings was that the board of directors, which was supposed to have 11 members according to the society’s bylaws, had diminished to five members, incuding two married couples.

He suggested a meeting to fill the remaining seats, and the board opted to start from scratch.

They first, however, had to establish who were actual members of the humane society and conducted a membership campaign leading up to the Friday vote.

About 50 ballots were submitted during the voting, with individuals representing family memberships being allowed to submit two ballots.

Jan Cooper, current board president, did not run, citing her wish to enjoy her recent retirement.

Gail Friend, a board member who has been serving as the interim shelter director, was not elected to a new seat, while her husband Bruce Friend and the remaining two members of the previous board, James and Vicki Wolf, were returned to board membership.

For the full story and a photo of the new board members, pick up a copy of Saturday's Bellefontaine Examiner

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