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Shyanne Schull joins the County Jan. 12, 2015.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada.  Nov. 25, 2014.  Washoe County Regional Animal Services will have a new director at the start of the new year. Shyanne Schull, from Bakersfield, CA has accepted a position as the new Director of Regional Animal Services, a signature service for Washoe County.  Pending confirmation from the County Commissioners Dec. 9, 2014, Schull will step into her role beginning Jan. 12, 2015.

Schull earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University and following her graduation, began a career in animal care and control.  She brings more than a decade of experience including Animal Control Manager for the City of Shafter, CA, and most recently as the Director of Kern County, CA Animal Services. In addition to her experience working with county animal control operations, Schull was responsible for overseeing the move to a new shelter in Kern County last year.  

The process for standing up the new Washoe County Regional Animal Services Department began this past spring when County Commissioners voted unanimously to transition it to a stand-alone department. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office had managed Animal Services since January 12, 2012 and requested a transition of the operations under the organizational structure and control of the County.

A national search was conducted for this key position. Eighteen applicants from around the country were screened by the recruiter and nine recommended to the County for review. The field was narrowed to five and included two candidates from California, two from Colorado, and one from Florida. 

Earlier this month, interview panels comprised of Washoe County staff, representatives from the cities of Reno and Sparks, the Nevada Humane Society and the Animal Control Board interviewed the candidates and recommended three for final interviews with the County Manager and Assistant County Manager. In addition, a public reception to meet the candidates was hosted by Washoe County Regional Animal Services with nearly 50 Washoe County citizens, elected officials and staff attending the event. 

Schull’s first day on the job as the Director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services will be January 12, 2015.