Tallahassee, FL - The City of Tallahassee announced on Monday September 27, the appointment of Erika Leckington as the new Animal Services Manager of the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (ASC). Leckington has served as interim director of the Animal Service Center since April and brings over 15 years of animal welfare experience to the position. She begins her new duties with the City on September 28.
Leckington’s career includes serving as the former manager of the Humane Society of St. Thomas in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She also served as director of operations at Heart of the Valley Shelter in Bozeman, MT and was director of Community Outreach at the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, DC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and is in the process of completing course work for a master’s degree in Community Leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Leckington will report directly to Dee Crumpler, director of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, which includes administrative oversight of the Animal Service Center. The ASC includes a staff of 25 employees and a budget currently allocated at $1.86 million (FY 2010). In her role as the ASC’s interim director, Leckington has played a key role in the Center’s participation in the ASCPA $125K Challenge, a national campaign to increase animal adoptions.
"I’m pleased that Erika Leckington has joined our team at the Animal Service Center,” said Crumpler. “Her proven leadership and solid animal welfare background will serve us well, as we continue to enhance the comprehensive array of animal services offered to those animals and citizens we serve. I’m confident that she will continue to lead the Animal Service Center toward its goal of creating a world-class facility."
As the incoming manager, Leckington will be responsible for all ASC operations including animal care, animal control, humane education and veterinary services, which includes an in-house surgical unit for shelter animals.
The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center is located at 1125 Easterwood Drive. The facility is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on the Animal Service Center and to view animals that are currently available for adoption, please visit Talgov.com/animals or like the ASC’s official page on Facebook.