November 27th, 2022 – 8:30 PM
Floyd County Press Release –
The Board of Commissioners recently recognized Jeff Mitchell, Director of Public Animal Welfare Services, for his service to Floyd County and P.A.W.S. Vice Chair Watters read a statement from John Blalock, Public Safety Division Director.
“Jeff Mitchell began his employment with Floyd County in 2014. He was employed as an Animal Control Officer after coming to us from the Georgia Department of Corrections. He quickly earned respect and praise from his fellow employees due to his work ethic, positive attitude, and empathetic demeanor.
Jeff used his knowledge of computers to update operations at Animal Control and P.A.W.S. by creating software to document and manage the shelter animals and calls for service. In 2019 Jeff was appointed as the Animal Control Director. During his tenure, he has maintained a 95% live outcome rate for the shelter animals, implemented dozens of new programs to reduce intake, increase rescues and adoptions, and promote spay/neuter and animal welfare. He was able to balance the competing and, sometimes, oppositional goals of the public, rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, regulatory agencies, staff, and volunteers.
Jeff will be missed, and we wish him the best as he transitions to other endeavors.”
Mitchell recently announced he will be leaving his post as director of PAWS as he and his family move to Walker County.