As of Monday, April 1, 2013
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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Chip Moore gets a high five from Gabriel Lopez, left, and Tanner Miller, members of the Jackson County Homeschoolers. The group recently sponsored a dog in order to try and get it adopted.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- After two nationwide searches, the Gwinnett County Police Department has decided to stay in-house for the new manager of its animal shelter.
The department announced Friday that Sgt. Chip Moore -- who has been filling the interim role since last year -- will be taking over as manager of its animal welfare and enforcement section, which oversees the county's animal shelter.
"Over the last 13 months Chip has exhibited the highest quality leadership and concern for the needs of Gwinnett County citizens and employees of the shelter," Chief Charles Walters said in a statement. "His appointment is a key factor in the continual improvement of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section."
An employee of GCPD since 1995, Moore has worked in pretty much every unit the department has, from gangs to robbery-homicide. He was summoned to the shelter as interim manager last March and has become a popular figure since, volunteers and employees alike praising his work and his attitude.
More importantly, his work has paid off for the animals -- the shelter saved a record 4,543 dogs and cats in 2012, a total greater than its euthanasia tallies for the first time ever. Moore also helped launch a partnership with Homeless Pet clubs, has increased the number of special adoption events and expanded public education.
The department conducted two nationwide searches before choosing Moore, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. The move is effective Saturday.
The position of shelter manager was opened last year when Lt. Mary Lou Respess retired following an internal investigation into the shelter's culture.