Brenda Barnette, General Manager of Animal Services, announced in March that she would be retiring from the position in mid-May. Dana Brown, who has served in the City for more than 30 years, including at Animal Services, was appointed Interim General Manager by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Dana took the position May 10.
During her tenure, Barnette helped Animal Services increase its animal adoption rate from 57 percent to 90 percent; strengthened relationships with key partners including the Best Friends Animal Society and No Kill Coalition; and helped create the Pet Food Pantry program during the pandemic, which has now served more than 8,000 pets to date, all according to the Mayor’s Office.
The Club thanks Brenda for her service, and for helping to coordinate the stories of Animal Services that we’ve covered in Alive! Enjoy your retirement.