Certainly, Rae has been given less than a wealth of time to prove himself. His boss is even newer, having stepped in just two weeks ago upon the abrupt resignation of Scott Newman. It is to be hoped that familiarity will lead to accord.
Brought here from Philadelphia seven months ago by Newman as a highly touted animal control expert, the first true specialist ever to hold the local post, Rae inherited a maligned mess. He set forth an aggressive agenda of slashing euthanization and boosting adoptions of the 20,000 unwanted animals taken in annually . . .
"There is that accusation that I am more focused on animals than on the people of the community. That's simply not true," Rae says. "I would love to adopt out 100 percent of the animals that come in, but I know that's not possible, and I never would sacrifice public safety to that."
Renner says the core of the problem is communication -- staff discontent over management style, rapport with some animal-welfare groups but not others, public perception of a laxity toward strays.
"Bridging those gaps," as Renner puts it, has been the subject of discussions between the two men. Surely, mutual satisfaction can be reached even in these cash-strapped times and even in the volatile political climate that dogs engender.
Memories of the turmoil preceding Rae's arrival are all too fresh. His ability and zeal to break free from that history must not be allowed to go to waste.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Star Editorial Backs Rae
IACC Director Douglas Rae got a bit of a boost today from an Indianapolis Star editorial in an ongoing effort by acting Public Safety Director Mark Renner to oust him after he's been on the job for six months. The editorial reads, in part: