FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has a new leader.
Mayor Tom Henry on Tuesday announced Amy-Jo Sites has been appointed director. The shelter’s deputy director since 2011, Sites will begin her new duties on Monday, Feb. 1.
Sites will replace Belinda Lewis, who is retiring.
Sites has been with Animal Care & Control since 2004. Before serving as deputy director, she was the shelter’s office supervisor.
The city said Sites has “extensive experience and knowledge” in community relations, crisis and emergency communications, finance, employee and operations management, and customer service, all areas of importance in Animal Care & Control.
“We’re looking forward to having Amy-Jo as the new leader at Animal Care & Control,” said Rusty York, public safety director for the City of Fort Wayne. “Amy-Jo’s professionalism, dedication, leadership, and passion for people and animals make her a great fit for this position. We appreciate and value her expertise and ability to make a meaningful difference as we work each day to provide excellent care to animals in need and help educate residents about the importance of animal care and safety.”
Sites said she will work to build on Animal Care & Control’s current status as a nationally recognized leader in animal care services and programming as its new director.
“I’m honored to have been chosen for this leadership position,” said Sites. “Our team is passionate about caring for animals and ensuring our community is as safe as possible. This is a great opportunity to continue to build on our outreach efforts, policies, and programming we have in place aimed at having a positive impact on animals and their caregivers.”
While employed at Animal Care & Control, Sites served as a criminal justice adjunct instructor at Harrison College and ITT Technical Institute. Prior to joining Animal Care & Control, she was a cognitive intervention coordinator for Allen County Community Corrections. Sites has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from IPFW and master’s degree in public affairs from IPFW. During her free time, she volunteers as a co-leader for Girl Scout Troop 20623.