Animal Care & Control Director Recognized as Outstanding Business Person of the Year


FLORENCE – Pinal County Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson has been recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) as the 2013 Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Her achievement was acknowledged in Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Director Dickson was nominated by the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT) for the statewide honor.

“I am deeply honored,” Dickson said. “This is really a team award. Our Animal Care and Control officers along with the staff have earned this award as well. Without their buy-in to what we are trying to accomplish at the shelter, this award would not be possible.”

In a statement from ACTEAZ, they cited Dickson for “drastically improving the image of Animal Control and the morale of the employees assigned to her.” During her tenure at Animal Care and Control, there has been an 81 percent increase in the number of animals released alive to rescue organizations or new homes.

Dickson’s work in developing a CAVIT curriculum to bring the Animal Control Reserve Officer Certification Program along with an 80-hour internship program for second year veterinary students to fruition was also mentioned as a factor in winning the award.
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