The McKamey Animal Center named Jamie McAloon Lampman as its new executive director Wednesday.
She follows Karen Walsh, who resigned in October. The McKamey board of directors selected Lampman from a pool of 40 to 50 applicants. She will begin work in early February at a salary of $90,000.
Walsh resigned two weeks after Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke asked for an audit of McKamey, a nonprofit animal shelter that receives $1.5 million annually from the city to handle its animal control services.
The City Council unanimously voted in December to extend its current contract with McKamey through June while City Auditor Stan Sewell continues his audit.
Lampman has served since 2004 as director of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Mason, Mich.
"She is currently a government employee, so she was definitely not turned off by the problems," said Ann Ball, chairwoman of the board of directors.
"The city's audit has taken way, way too long, and I don't know what's holding it up," Ball said. "We're not concerned about it, and neither is she [Lampman]."
Ball added that the city did not participate in the screening process for the new executive director. The interview process consisted of phone interviews and an on-site interview in Chattanooga, where Lampman impressed McKamey's senior management and directors.
"From the beginning Jamie stood out from the rest," Ball said. "We're excited about her. We think she'll fit well with our staff. We had an immediate rapport that made us comfortable."
At her previous job, Lampman managed an animal control program that accommodates 3,500 animals annually. McKamey has received more than 40,000 animals since its opening in 2008 and finished 2013 with a live release rate better than 72 percent.
"We don't euthanize animals," Ball said. "If they're adoptable, we'll find them a home and it's something we're very proud of. Jamie has been able to improve the rate everywhere she's been."
A representative from the city of Chattanooga is scheduled to meet Lampman on Monday.
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