27.3 F

Washoe County Regional Animal Services hires new director


Photo courtesy of Felix Adamo, The Californian. Shyanne Schull, Director of Kern County Animal Services, in a 2013 photo. Schull is leaving Kern to become director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services in January, 2015.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services will have a new director at the start of 2015. Shyanne Schull, from Bakersfield, California has accepted the position as director of Regional Animal Services, a signature service for Washoe County.

Pending confirmation from the Washoe County Commissioners December 9, 2014, Schull will step into her role beginning January 12, 2015.

Schull earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University and, following her graduation, began a career in animal care and control.

She brings more than a decade of experience including managing animal control for the City of Shafter, California, and most recently as the director of Kern County Animal Services, also in California.

In addition to her experience working with Kern County’s animal control operations, Schull was responsible for overseeing the move to a new shelter last year.

The process for standing up the new Washoe County Regional Animal Services Department began this past spring when County Commissioners voted unanimously to transition it to a stand-alone department.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office had managed Animal Services since January 12, 2012 and requested a transition of the operations under the organizational structure and control of the County.

A national search was conducted for this key position. Eighteen applicants from around the country were screened by the recruiter and nine recommended to the County for review.

The field was narrowed to five and included two candidates from California, two from Colorado, and one from Florida.

Earlier this month, interview panels comprised of Washoe County staff, representatives from the cities of Reno and Sparks, the Nevada Humane Society and the Animal Control Board interviewed the candidates and recommended three for final interviews with the County’s manager and assistant manager.

In addition, a public reception to meet the candidates was hosted by Washoe County Regional Animal Services with nearly 50 Washoe County citizens, elected officials and staff attending the event.

Schull’s first day on the job as the director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services begins January 12, 2015.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.




Dog shooting case proceeds in court

A case of two dogs shot in Reno is headed to court after one dog owner was found to have failed to restrain the dogs went into an adjacent property owner’s backyard.