Dallas' animal shelter has a new boss. Edward Jamison, the former Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, has been named the new Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS). He'll begin his duties in Dallas on October 18.
Accomplishments include his redefinition of Cleveland’s animal care operations through public policy efforts, public-private partnerships, and increased community engagement. He created an award-winning "City Dogs Cleveland" adoption program, and also oversaw the design of Cleveland’s city kennel, slated for completion in 2018.
Prior to his position in Cleveland, he was the animal warden for the city of Garfield Heights, and has lived in the Cleveland area his entire life, aside from a deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Six people applied for the job, most recently held by Jody Jones, who had been manager of the department since 2011. DAS has since been spun off into its own department reporting to new Chief of Community Services Nadia Chandler Hardy.
Hardy says in a release that she's "excited to welcome Ed Jamison as a member of the City’s Executive Management Team."
City Manager T.C. Broadnax thanks former Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin and Major Barbara Hobbs for their interim role at DAS, stating, "We are very grateful to Chief Sherwin and Major Hobbs and to the Dallas Police Department for their outstanding leadership and for the role they played in guiding the department during a very difficult time."
Jamison is a Certified Animal Services Officer whose approach at the Cleveland Kennel included forming more than 200 volunteer cohorts, increasing community-based adoption and spay/neuter initiatives, and leveraging non-profit partnerships. The Cleveland Kennel now averages an 86 percent save rate for animals entering the shelter.