Meet the New Head of Dallas's Animal Shelter

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Jody Jones with then-Virgina Governor Tim Kaine in 2008
Contained in the stack of City Hall memos distributed to media last night was one from Assistant City Manage Forest Turner to the mayor and council members. In it, Turner announced that at long last, the city has chosen the new manager for Animal Services: Jody Jones.

Jones, who is expected to start June 15, comes to Dallas from Richmond, Virginia, where she's presently the operations manager for Richmond Animal Care and Control; she also had a lengthy stint as a director of New York City's Animal Care and Control. And in May '08 she was part of an advisory group assembled by the National District Attorneys Association, which was charged with creating "an animal cruelty and fighting curriculum for prosecutors and allied professionals."

Jones will replace Lieutenant Scott Walton, interim division manager at Dallas Animal Services -- and the man who rode to the rescue following nightmare story after nightmare story coming out of the shelter, where one manager was indicted on felony animal cruelty charges after allowing a cat to die inside a wall. Then came more investigations, resignations and that damning report from the Humane Society -- the second such report in a decade.

Jones comes to town three days before the mayoral runoff election, which I note only because, if you'll recall, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle weighed in on the state of the shelter early during the campaign. He said he'd like to see Dallas become "No-Kill City." And where does Jones stand on that particular subject? Glad you asked:
I do not believe you need to "declare" yourself "No-Kill" in order to accomplish the goal as long as you adopt the proper philosophy. However you need to be able to free yourself from the day to day and create long term vision, plans and programs. The public loves to hear shelters have gone "No-Kill" and sometimes it's just what they need to hear to bring the added awareness & attention and additional resources to your cause.
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Kathi2587
Kathi2587

I worked for Jody for several years at Richmond Animal Care and Control.  If you want someone to completely re-vamp and humanize an animal shelter - she is the woman.  She is strong-willed, intelligent, and so whole-heartedly dedicated to animals.  She is my second mother and as much as I'm sad to see her leave Richmond, have NO DOUBT that Jody is all that article describes and MORE!  Richmond AC&C changed so much in her time there, including their partnership with the Richmond SPCA to become a no-kill shelter.  She is awesome and you all will love her.  Jody - good luck and I love you!

Dolly
Dolly

I have been an animal activist for years.  I met Chief Kunkle at an rescue fund raiser-- he has adopted his own 2 dogs (rescued) and his previous 3 dogs and 2 cats.   He has donated monetary to Paws for the City.  Kunkle gets it.  Kunkle has integrity and that is why I am voting for David Kunkle in the runoff. 

sick of corruption
sick of corruption

" , , , in May '08 she was part of an advisory group assembled by the National District Attorneys Association, which was charged with creating "an animal cruelty and fighting curriculum for prosecutors and allied professionals."

I hope this is as positive as it sounds because animal cruelty and fighting are pervasive in this city and in North Texas and continue unabated.  Fingers crossed that Ms. Jones can continue the good work that has taken place over the past few months inside the shelter - - and can expand it to the suffering animals in "the field."   

Truth...or, lies
Truth...or, lies

once again, Mark Anthony, you are spilling forth mistruths.

The Mayor is not EQUAL TO a city councilperson.  Each councilmember controls a 1/14 share of the funds to fix potholes.  The mayor has no funds to appropriate to fix potholes.  If a citizen asks mayor to fix pothole, the mayor can do nothing.  Only the city councilperson for that district directs which potholes in their district gets fixing first and which ones stay at the back of the line.

5 or 6 yrs ago, Laura Miller went from being a city councilperson with a big ass budget that she controlled, to being mayor with no budget.  She did not like the fact that she was just a ribbon-cutter.  So she orchestrated that strong-mayor vote to take away all the powers that every one of the 14 councilmembers had, and all the powers that the City Manager had--and put all that power into her (Laura Miller's) pocket.

The vote failed.  Laura Miller did not run for mayor again.

Now, we have her chosen candidate, Kunkle, pretending to voters that he will become a mayor that will control all the power to do all things. 

My advice to Kunkle, if he should win, is to practice up on his ribbon-cutting skills.--------------------You are also lying when you imply that if Rawlings becomes Mayor he will have super powers to direct awards of contracts to donors, etc.  Like all the other Mayors before him, he will have precisely one of fifteen votes at the horseshoe.

gladnotsad
gladnotsad

You and your staff, particularly Ms. Grimes have brought the unfortunate plight of these defenseless animals to the attention of DFW residents. I am hopeful that this will be a first step in the right direction. Kunkle appears to be one who can provide leadership here as well. Thank you . 

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

 I hope she lasts longer than the ones before her.

Sammy
Sammy

More Kunkle propoganda...brought to us by the PR media specialist, wife, Sarah Dodd.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Why is it that people confuse the role and powers of the Mayor.  The mayor, whomever he may be, cannot direct the various City departments, including the sub-division, under the Dept. of Code Enforcement, called Animal Services.  All of those decisions are solely made by the City Manager--not by the Mayor. 

The Kunkle campaign is trying to paint him out to be some knight in shinning armor riding in on a big white horse. 

The Kunkle campaign, and his campaign decision-maker, Sarah Dodd, knows full well that she is attempting to confuse voters into thinking that Kunkle is the answer to all City problems.  When, in fact, the Dallas mayor has very little power.  Not even as much power as a City councilperson.  The mayor is nothing more than an ambassador for the City, and the only real power the mayor holds is the power to have his commission appointees serve as the Chair on the various commissions, and he selects which councilmembers will serve on which committees.

Take another look at the memo contained in this article, who's name signed that memo.  Who made that decision?  The Asst. City manager--not the mayor.

Stop falling for all this Kunkle malarky, and select the mayor that will perform the mayor's duties---because we are not electing a City Manager, but instead a mayor.

cp
cp

You're so right. Why bother with electing a Mayor then? 

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

 And the main focus of the Mike Rawlings campaign has been how Mike Rawlings will make DISD better.  Another candidate blowing hot air about something over which they have no control.  And would you care to tell everyone who are the campaign decision makers for candidate Rawlings?

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

 A call from the mayor to a city department does bring results though. And thank you Lord for that.

Mark Anthony Dallas
Mark Anthony Dallas

 Snookers is absolutely right - the Mayor has no more power than any of the other 14 members of the council. It even says so in the City Charter.

Yes, the mayor is the city's ambassador. Yes, the mayor is responsible for appointing the chairs (yes, all mayoral appointees are automatically chairs) of the different boards and commissions. Yes, the mayor makes the decision on which council member sits or not sits on which committee.

But the mayor is also the one person who represents in theory the whole city's interests when it comes to votes at council. The mayor is not tied to neighborhood groups, business groups, etc in each community. But instead is the only one looking at the whole picture.

Rawlings does not care about any of this stuff. He has a list in his back pocket of every single person he will appoint to every single commission. It's called his donor list.

He has a list of every single project and who will get that project. It's called his donor list.

He has a list of every single business leader who will be sure to make him and his friends money while our neighborhoods rot in hell, while we spend money to repair Dealey Plaza (hello, Belo??), while we develop more signature projects.

The mayor has no impact on DISD. For Rawlings to stick himself in the DISD superintendent selection process as he did on Friday is unmitigated gall.

The mayor is supposed to represent all our interests. Leppert proved that was a joke, Carraway reinforces the joke.

Now who do you want as your next Mayor?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

His campaign manger is the decision-maker.Unlike Kunkle campaign, wherein his campaign manager is not the decision-maker, because Kunkle's wife is calling all the shots via consultations with Laura Miller.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

 Except that the Mayor's office and the City Councilmembers are not permitted to do that.  They must go through channels via City Manager.  This became policy many years ago because of the fact that too many departments were complaining that all the council/mayor kept trying to tell them what to do.  The City Mgr obtained the Council/Mayor agreement that they stop trying to intervene. 

Once again, I say, the Mayor has no powers in Dallas.  Our City is ran by City Manager.

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