By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society’s executive director for six years is no longer with the organization.
Moe Bristow, president of the organization’s board of directors, said today that the board and previous executive director Debbie Hood made a “mutual decision” for her to leave the position.
“We just decided to take it in a new direction,” Bristow said. “Debbie worked hard in the last six years.”
Bristow said the new executive director will focus more on fundraising but also look at the “big picture.”
While operating the animal shelter on South Gloster Street, the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society has a goal of opening a larger, improved facility on donated property along Cliff Gookin Boulevard.
With about $620,000 raised for the new facility, the organization has estimated at costs for construction, land and other expenses at $4 million.
Board member Summer Knight will serve as interim executive director.