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SPCA’s Hervey resigns from post
Accepts position at Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Leslie Hervey has resigned her post as executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, and she will begin work as the new executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, possibly in mid-July.

The move “is all for a good reason and good outcome for me, but it sure is hard” to leave her current position, said Hervey, who has been in her current position since April 2004.

Hervey said Monday that she applied for the post after being contacted by a recruiter hired by the Charlottesville agency. That agency was “looking for a person with ability to develop relationships with other organizations, work cooperatively with people and try to engage people in partnerships to make the sum better than a part,” Hervey said.

She accepted for two reasons: “One is, it’s a much bigger position” and agency, and also, locally “we have done everything we dreamed we would do. We are well on the road to becoming a No-Kill area, our adoption numbers are way up, we have great relationships with the animal control officers” in the city and the county, she said.

Scott Stone, who in May was elected as the new president of the SPCA’s Board of Directors, on Monday confirmed Hervey’s resignation.

However, Stone said that Hervey “has agreed to stay with us until we can get up to speed and fill in some vacancies. This is pretty much on her time frame. She’s also agreed to come back and forth as necessary, but I would think no more than another month.”

“I was just offered the position and the board has just found out” that she accepted it, Hervey said. “Everybody is still taking stock of who’s on first” right now, she said. Whether the local board promotes from within or conducts an extensive search for Hervey’s replacement, “I’ll support their efforts in every way,” she said.

Hervey noted that includes returning to Martinsville to help her successor if needed. She said that she discussed that with the Charlottesville board. “They not only agreed to, they supported it,” she added.

Regardless, Hervey said her acceptance of the new post does not mean she has severed ties with the area.

“My husband, Jay, and I are in the process of selling our house” in Martinsville, with plans to buy a smaller house here, she said. “So, we will still live here and still be residents of Martinsville.”

Hervey said the two are remaining here because her husband enjoys his job “so much he wants to stay there.”

Hervey said she will be living in corporate housing in Charlottesville.

Making the transition “sure is difficult. It’s sort of bittersweet. It will be sort of a challenge for me, but it’s bittersweet,” Hervey said. “It’s more like leaving a family here than leaving a job.”

Stone said that while the entire board has not met since Hervey’s announcement, he thinks Nicole Harris, who currently is the shelter manager, will be named acting director.

“Nicole is immensely capable,” Hervey said. “She can do everything.”

Stone said the board also has not decided a clear path in terms of filling the vacancy, reassigning duties, hiring someone part-time, or “whether to bump somebody up from inside the shelter.”

A part-time director may be an option, because “about the only place that we’re probably acting short” in Hervey’s position “is that she was really good at finding donations and services,” Stone said. “Mining money and services is a little hard, but I don’t see us cutting back in anything. There will just be a redistribution of time and effort. The SPCA will continue operations as it has in the past.”

Hervey agreed.

“Everything that needs to be in place is in place here, and I feel like the team that’s in place at the SPCA can continue” without missing a beat in operations, she said. “They are so high functioning, and they do a great job. If they just keep doing what they’re doing, they will do just fine.”

The local SPCA has a more than $750,000 budget that is “stretched very tight, but we get the results,” Hervey said.

She likely will begin her new duties in mid-July, she said, “but I told the board (in Martinsville) that I would do whatever they would like me to do, help or get out of the way” when a new director comes on board.


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