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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Animal Services Director Beth Ward Gives Message On Her Future

Contra Costa Animal Services Director Beth Ward

To the Contra Costa County Community,

Together, we've achieved extraordinary milestones that have transformed the lives of both people and animals in Contra Costa County, and I am extremely fortunate to have worked with the staff and volunteers at CCAS over the last eight years.

Many of you know that I have been struggling lately with health concerns in my family and having to spend time with family back east.

During my last visit in October, it became clear to me that I needed to move back east to be closer to my family.

Today, it is with a mix of emotions that I announce my decision to step down as Animal Services Director. The choice to step away from this incredible journey was undoubtedly one of the most challenging of my career. I’m deeply grateful for the unwavering commitment and passion of our remarkable staff and volunteers. In making this difficult decision, I have identified that my last day at CCAS will be January 19, 2024.

The County Administrator’s Office will begin the recruitment for my position soon. If a candidate has not been identified before my last day, they will announce an interim Director who will help to support the Department until a new Director steps into the role.

I want to emphasize my sincere appreciation in having the opportunity to work with each of you. Our work is never easy. To see our staff and volunteers coming to work every day with the compassion and commitment of doing what is right for the animals and families in Contra Costa County is inspiring. Keep that focus and believe in the work you are doing. Never forget to celebrate the little successes and work with our community to continue to save and enhance the lives of people and animals in Contra Costa County.

Thank you for giving me the wonderful experience of working with you to make a difference at CCAS. The collaborative spirit and tireless dedication of our team have created a lasting impact, and I leave with a sense of pride in what we have accomplished together. I am confident that this department, fueled by the same spirit, will continue to reach new heights in service of our community.


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