LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The search is on for a new director to run the city's troubled Metro Animal Services. It's an about face for Mayor Greg Fischer who wanted to hire a private agency, but now the plan to contract out adoption and sheltering is off the table.
It's a change in strategy to try to turn around the embattled agency. The city says it didn't get any proposals from qualified organizations.
"If they had a conversation and then decided it's still not a right fit, I might have been more understanding," Jessica Reid with No Kill Louisville said.
Reid says no one from the city bothered to call about their proposal to handle adoption and shelter care, which would have allowed the city to focus on animal control. That's what Fischer told us he wanted in May after an audit found LMAS lacked good leadership and killed too many animals.
"The problems in mismanagement have, quite frankly, gone on far too long and it's time for significant change," Fischer said in May.
After asking for proposals from private organizations, only No Kill Louisville submitted one. A review committee turned it down based on the organizational structure - it's run by volunteers. The committee also cited a lack of experience and said the proposed contract was at least $800,000 over budget.
"A review committee goes over it and looks at the different aspects of the proposal, and it was recommended to the Mayor that we not go with No Kill Louisville," Fischer spokesperson Lindsay English said.
"If they had a conversation with us, they would know that our experience is extensive, not just a couple volunteers ... it's a coalition of groups," Reid said.
Reid said her group will keep working with the city, "They still want to partner with No Kill Louisville, and we will partner. Just because we disagree on things doesn't mean we can't partner."
Fischer said he wants the search to be a quick one to get someone in to establish some stability. The search will continue using resumes that have already been submitted.