“The Animal Services team comes to the Sheriff’s Office with a strong reputation as a skilled and dedicated public service agency,” Sheriff Haley said. “Our goal is to continue to provide the high levels of service that are so important to our community.”
The Washoe Board of County Commissioners approved moving Regional Animal Services to the sheriff’s office as an opportunity to align Washoe County with an emerging national trend to merge animal services with public safety agencies.
The sheriff’s office appointed Brode, a former Washoe County court security supervisor, as the new Regional Animal Services manager, replacing the previous manager who retired in December. Brode has been working with staff at animal services at its Longley Lane facility since Jan. 16, he said.
“This is a new venture for the sheriff’s office and myself,” Brode said. “It’s going very well. It’s a great opportunity.”
Brode had been with the sheriff’s office in court security for five and a half years, overseeing the division and 26 staff, he said. Before that, he was with Lassen County in Susanville, Calif., working in probation.
“We recognized that Barry did a great job as supervisor,” said Assistant Sheriff Tim Kuzanek. “He is one of those guys we recognized as having the ability to get along well with people.”
Brode’s ability to manage people, manage a budget and recognize the value of volunteers who do a good job is what ultimately caught the attention of the sheriff’s administration who selected him as manager of animal services, Kuzanek said.
Kuzanek said having the sheriff’s office oversee animal services is a good fit for the community. Historically, many communities are set up with law enforcement as the management agency that administers animal control operations.
“It’s a pretty simple fit for us,” Kuzanek said. “We will manage animal services from the perspective of making it as efficient and effective as possible. We will continue to deliver the expected services to Washoe County, and municipalities as well.”
Brode’s goals for the next few months include to ensure a smooth transition within the animal services organization. He plans to work with Nevada Humane Society and the Pet Network in Incline Village, as well as with other rescue groups. He also expects to continue to ensure public safety and animal welfare.
Under the sheriff’s office, animal services staff will also have increased opportunities for training and will benefit from being associated with a nationally recognized leader in the public safety profession, Brode said.
“It has been an opportunity of happiness,” Brode said. “As far as the people, we have a phenomenal group of people who ensure animals in there are in a healthy environment. We also have volunteers there as well, and they are a staple and part of our foundation of community service toward Washoe County, as far as making the whole process work.”
To volunteer, donate or participate in any functions at Washoe County Animal Services, or if you have questions about the new transition, call 353-8900.