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County Appoints New Animal Control Director

Jun 19, 2018

Cumberland County Manager Amy Cannon has appointed Elaine B. Smith as the county’s Animal Control Director effective June 25. Smith was selected for the position after a recruitment process that attracted applicants from across the country.

Smith is the Cumberland County Animal Control Enforcement Supervisor where she oversees 21 Animal Control officers, coordinates animal cruelty investigations and conducts training for the department. She started with the department as an Animal Control Officer. Her professional experience includes working for the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine as a supervisor of clinical technicians; a responder with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; a veterinary practice manager; and a shelter manager for the non-profit Fayetteville Animal Protection Society.

Smith is a graduate of N.C. State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and is a registered veterinary technician. She also holds an associate degree in veterinary medical technology from Central Carolina Community College and a graduate certificate in veterinary forensic medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Currently, she is enrolled in graduate certificate coursework in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida.

“We welcome Mrs. Smith to our leadership team and look forward to working closely with her as we tackle new and existing challenges in animal care and control here in Cumberland County,” said Tracy Jackson, Assistant County Manager for Environmental and Community Safety.

“I’m looking forward to serving the citizens and animals of Cumberland County as the Director of Animal Control. I have a lifelong love of animals and many years’ experience in ensuring their health and wellbeing. My main goal in this new position is to improve public education in the area of responsible pet ownership,” said Smith, who replaces veterinarian Dr. John Lauby who left the department in April.