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Cedar Valley Humane Society to name new leader

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is full of dogs and cats looking for their forever home.  Right now, the shelter is also looking for its forever leader.

Executive Director Bob Citrullo left his job at the end of July for personal reasons. The shelter has lost several leaders over the past three years.

"We're really sad to see Bob go," said Jan Clarke, Cedar Valley Humane Society Communications Director.  "He was a great leader."

Citrullo held the job for less than a year, but staff and board members say he made many positive changes.

He created the Second Chance Thrift Store where all proceeds go back to the Humane Society, and helped design a succession plan for the staff.

"As soon as he realized that he was possibly going to be leaving, he started talking with the Board of Directors, started making plans," said Clarke.  "Laying some groundwork to get, to get the process started so that we could have a smooth transition and have a plan moving forward."

Board president Kirsten Eddins said that they found a candidate and they're preparing to make an offer later this week.

 "Our candidate pool was a great candidate pool and we had a lot of really great people to talk to and to choose from and to visit with about the future of CVHS," said Eddins.

So what's next?  The board hopes their new Executive Director will help grow the mission of the Humane Society.

"That's making sure animals get placed in positive homes and we're doing the right thing by the community and the animals," said Eddins.

The shelter helps provide animal control services throughout Linn County.  They have an open admissions policy and take in all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to ferrets and mice.

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