Announcement: Mendo’s Animal Shelter has new manager

Details on the new appointment below.

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The Mendocino Animal Shelter, part of the county’s Public Health division, got a new shelter manager, Richard Molinari, this week, who will begin the position on November 21. The appointment replaces Mary Jane Montana, who served as the interim shelter manager.

Molinari previously worked as the manager of the Animal Shelter Unit with the City and County of Denver, CO, and worked with Animal Control Units in Las Vegas, NV and Eagle, CO. The press release states he “has over 24 years of experience in the law enforcement and public health sectors with federal, county, and city agencies. He started his career as a police officer in the United States Air Force, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and volunteered for assignments in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.”

The press release also includes a statement from County CEO Carmel Angelo: “I am extremely pleased to have someone with Mr. Molinari’s experience and expertise joining the County team as Animal Shelter Manager. We have a strong team at our Animal Shelter and Mr. Molinari’s leadership and credible experience in both animal control services as well as shelter operations, positions us well for the future.”

Here’s the full announcement from the county’s executive office issued November 8:

Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Carmel J. Angelo, has announced the appointment of Richard Molinari as the County’s new Animal Shelter Manager. Mr. Molinari most recently served in the animal shelter and control industry as manager of the Animal Protection Unit with the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Previous to that time, he served as a supervisor with the City of Las Vegas Animal Control Unit and as Animal Services Shelter Director of the Eagle County Animal Shelter & Animal Control Units in Eagle, Colorado. Mr. Molinari has over 24 years of experience in the law enforcement and public health sectors with federal, county, and city agencies. He started his career as a police officer in the United States Air Force, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and volunteered for assignments in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Ms. Angelo stated, “I am extremely pleased to have someone with Mr. Molinari’s experience and expertise joining the County team as Animal Shelter Manager. We have a strong team at our Animal Shelter and Mr. Molinari’s leadership and credible experience in both animal control services as well as shelter operations, positions us well for the future.”

Mr. Molinari is accredited as an Animal Control Officer through the National Animal Control Association & Code 3 Associates. During his career he has worked over 25,000 calls for service, impounded over 10,000 animals, conducted over 4,000 cruelty investigations, and instructed hundreds of officers on report writing and control techniques.

“I enjoy working in public service and look forward to working with the Shelter Team to provide exceptional customer service for the citizens and animals of Mendocino County.” stated Mr. Molinari.

Mr. Molinari will start work with the County on November 21, 2016. For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441

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