In a press release dated November 28, 2009, THS said:
"When the Toronto Humane Society and Hospital reopens we will immediately undertake the following actions.
- Hire a well-respected expert in the field of animal care as the Society's Interim Executive Director. This person will conduct a thorough review of Society operational practices including staffing levels, the number of animals taken in, and assist in the hiring of a
new Executive Director.
- Install a well-respected veterinarian to head our clinical team to ensure the best possible care is being provided to the animals and ensure the Society follows a responsible policy of euthanasia."
The THS website as of February 14, 2009 states:
"The Toronto Humane Society is pleased to announce that Garth Jerome has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Toronto Humane Society.
Mr. Jerome joined the Society early in 2008.
In addition to his medical and animal-related experience, over the past several weeks Garth has led the shelter operations through a very challenging period."
Why so little information, THS? Is Mr. Jerome the interim execdir or the permanent execdir? What exactly is Mr. Jerome's vaguely-referenced medical and animal-related experience? How many years' experience? What medical experience? Digging through the THS website, it says he's a microbiologist; doesn't say where he got his designation or how long he has been a microbiologist. What animal-related experience? What project management and financial management experience does Mr. Jerome have? Does he have any other professional designations - LLB, CA, DVM, CGA, CMA, PMP, CAPM, AHT or TVT? Googling Garth Jerome turns up only the THS announcement and a one-sentence quote in a THS website article. No on-line resume, no authorship of scientific papers.
You'da thunk that THS would have written a more glowing and informative announcement. The way it's written, this announcement raises more questions than it answers. I've seen better announcements for new clerical assistants. If I were Mr. Jerome and taking on this massive job, I'd be quite offended by this offhand announcement.
What happened to hiring a vet, which the animals need more than another administrator (or lawyer, for that matter)?
I'll point you to the Wikipedia definition of an executive director, which is a paid position, so you can understand how broad and powerful the position can be.