Conroe, March 29 – Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director Charles W. Jackson shocked the animal-caring community this morning by announcing his resignation as the Shelter’s Director effective April 14, 2017. Jackson met with County Judge Craig Doyal to give him the terrible news. Jackson began his work as the Animal Shelter Director only a little over three months ago on December 12, 2016.
From the beginning Jackson has emphasized that he wanted to turn the Animal Shelter into a customer-friendly place. In just three months, he’s done a wonderful job at that. Jackson has used the analogy to Chick-Fil-A’s amazing customer service.
Jackson’s resignation is the moral and managerial equivalent of a Chick-Fil-A Manager taking a customer’s money and delivering only half of the chicken sandwich.
Animal expert Robbie Benson of Montgomery told The Golden Hammer, “I’m devastated. Charles Jackson is an out of the box thinker. He allowed us to put together programs that were enhancing the lives of the animals there and to save more lives based on scientific data, not magic and fairy dust. I’m concerned about the process of finding another shelter director, because I’m worried that the commissioners won’t give the process the attention it deserves. I’m also concerned about what’s going to happen to the future of the programs I’m working on at the shelter. We’ve made some real headway.”
Political and animal activist Bill O’Sullivan said, “Charles Jackson came in here and through strong leadership showed how the shelter should be run. The live release rate increased to now 95% in his short time at the Shelter. It is important that we find someone who can build upon this legacy. We will not go backwards, because if they give me a piece of the action, I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark, who had acted as the overseer of the Shelter for most of 2015 and 2016, said, “I’m shocked. Jackson did a great job but he’s left us in the lurch.”
Several animal rights activists, elected officials, and political activists have expressed concern that the hyper political County Judge Craig Doyal has now consolidated the Animal Shelter and Animal Control under his management and authority in the bizarre County-Judge-centric management system he has established in violation of the Texas Constitution, which places management and authority of the entire under the entire Commissioners Court.
There have been minor rumblings of political problems concerning certain animal activists inside the Animal Shelter while Jackson has acted as its Director but the live release rate has skyrocketed, the cleanliness has vastly improved, employee morale has jumped, and the condition of the animals inside the Shelter has markedly improved as well.
Jackson’s resignation letter which he posted on Facebook follows:
“In 2013, I met two women who had a dream. They had this crazy idea of transporting thousands of animals across the country in an effort to save lives from overpopulated shelters. I thought the concept was amazing! For the first time, someone offered a solution that they were willing to fund, manage, own, and operate. This amazing group is called Rescued Pets Movement (RPM). Since 2013, they have saved over 20,000 animals. I have loved the people at RPM for years.
“Today, I resigned as the Director of Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS). My last day of employment will be April 14, 2017. I’m excited to announce that I have accepted a position as the Executive Director of RPM. This was a tough decision for me and my family. I love Montgomery County. The people who work and volunteer at the shelter are amazing! We have some of the best staff in the country and I was lucky to lead them. Ultimately, I had to decide what was best for my family. I believe in RPM’s mission and I have wanted to work with this group of dynamic people for a very long time. I finally have a chance to do that. At the end of the day, this opportunity was too good for me to pass up.
“Although my time with Montgomery County was shorter than I hoped, I met some really great people. Together, we accomplished so much. I want to take a moment and thank the wonderful people of Montgomery County for allowing me to be a part of their lives. It was an honor to be your Shelter Director. I will truly miss you.
“To the employees of MCAS, you rock! You have done a fantastic job and you should be very proud of who you are and where you are going. Keep up the great work!
I hope to keep in touch with as many of you as possible. I will stay up-to-date on the shelter’s progress. Naturally, I will help in any way that I can. I wish you all the very best.
“Look out RPM, here I come…
“Charles W. Jackson”