Chicago veterinarian is next director for animal control agency

April 5, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 5, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine named the administrator of Chicago’s largest critical-care veterinary hospital as the manager for the local animal control agency Wednesday.

Gene Mueller is scheduled to start as the Regional Animal Services of King County chief June 4.

“Gene brings a strong record of building partnerships with animal welfare groups, as well as experience leading a major metropolitan humane society and running a large veterinary hospital,” Constantine said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing his experience to bear to build on the success we’ve had with our new regional model that has transformed animal care in King County.”

Mueller most recently led the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, and served as president of the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. Mueller also led the Commission on Animal Care and Control for Chicago municipal government.

Mueller is due to replace interim Manager Glynis Frederiksen at Regional Animal Services of King County.

“I am honored to join King County in this role,” he said in a statement. “I have always considered animal services to be a critical part of two important safety nets: public safety and animal welfare. My goal will be to protect both people and animals in King County, while addressing the needs of our regional partners for professional animal services at a cost consistent with their budgetary realities.”

Frederiksen is due to return to her role as operations manager for the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent.

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