County Animal Services News

Brentwood Resident Beth Ward Appointed as Director of Contra Costa County Animal Services Department                                                   

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors today appointed Beth Ward to serve as the County’s Animal Services Director, filling the position vacated by Glenn Howell, who retired at the end of 2014.  Ward comes to the County from the Humane Society Silicon Valley, where she serves as the Vice President for Community Alliances.   Since her arrival in 2001, she has also held posts as director of animal and customer care, and provided oversight for all care at the shelter, including adoptions, kennels, medical care and aid to special needs animals.  Prior to the Silicon Valley position, Ward was the Director of Animal Care for the Peninsula Humane Society.

As a Brentwood resident, Ward is already familiar with many of the issues facing Contra Costa Animal Services.  She was selected by County Administrator David Twa after a thorough recruitment process that produced dozens of candidates.  Twa noted that Ward brings 28 years of animal shelter and veterinary hospital experience.   “She has a high level of energy and passion for animal services,” Twa said, “which will serve our community and the animals well.  Our shelter has an excellent reputation, and I believe our new Director will do even more to enhance our efforts to match adoptable animals with homes, while delivering high quality services to the community.”

Ward added, “I am looking forward to working with the staff, volunteers, community partners and families in Contra Costa County. By learning and working together, we will save more lives.”

Ward holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Fresno, and attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in 2011.  Ward will begin her new position on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Contra Costa County Animal Services was voted “Best Municipal Shelter” by voters in the 7th Annual “Beast of the Bay” Awards hosted by the publication “Bay Woof.”  The Department provides quality care for animals at its shelters in Martinez and Pinole, and works tirelessly to place animals in safe and caring homes.  The Department also protects the public and animals in our community by enforcing applicable laws and ordinances.