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  • Supervisors approve changes to advisory committee

    Mar 16, 2016 | Read More News
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    A new membership structure for Pima Animal Care Center’s advisory committee will ensure that all PACC stakeholders have a say on the shelter’s operations while also making sure that PACC meets the community’s needs and continues to serve as a humane animal welfare center.

    PACC and kidThe Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 to modify the structure of Pima Animal Care Center’s advisory committee to make it consistent with other Pima County boards and commissions. Under the new arrangement, PACCAC will include appointed representatives from the Board of Supervisors, County Administration, and animal welfare stakeholders including PACC’s volunteer group, a practicing veterinarian, and Friends of PACC. In addition, it will include an appointee from partner jurisdictional areas that have an intergovernmental agreement with Pima County. 

    The original advisory committee was established over 30 years ago with representatives from several animal welfare organizations, some of which no longer exist. While the members of the original committee have contributed significantly to PACC’s advancements in recent years, the group lacked stakeholder representation, particularly from partner jurisdictions, who for years have contributed to the maintenance and operations cost of PACC. The only partner included was the City of Tucson. In addition, the current structure and function of the committee did not conform to similar Pima County boards and commissions that generally have members appointed by the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator.

    The approved committee fills those gaps in leadership and brings the structure in line with other county groups. 

    “The newly approved advisory group will provide strategic and budgetary input to the BOS and support PACC’s effort to adhere to industry standards that ensure progressive animal welfare practices and adoption methods,” said Francisco García, Pima County Health Department director.

    The purpose of PACCAC will be to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on PACC’s general operations and its best practices and procedures. Under the old structure, the committee could not weigh in on operational or budgetary issues due to the lack of representation from county staff and the supervisor districts.

    The new committee structure goes into effect July 1, 2016. At this time, eight of the existing members will get replaced, the others will continue on the committee until 2018. 

    Membership (11):
    Board of Supervisors appointments: 5
    PACC Partners (contracted jurisdictions): 1
    Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association: 1
    Friends of PACC: 1
    PACC Volunteers group: 1
    Pima County Board of Health: 1
    County Administrator: 2 (one at-large community member and one ex officio staff member) 

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