Mayor Fischer appoints Ozzy Gibson to lead Metro Animal Services

July 14, 2016

Jessica Montgomery resigns to pursue endeavor in Florida

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the appointment of law enforcement veteran Ozzy Gibson as the new director of Louisville Metro Animal Services.

He replaces Jessica Montgomery, who had led the agency since 2014. Montgomery resigned this week to pursue another opportunity in Florida.

Gibson began his career with the Louisville Division of Police in 1989. Before retiring from Louisville Metro Police earlier this year, his service included the roles of Deputy Chief of Police, First Division commander and head of the Administrative Bureau.  He’s held leadership positions since 1997.

“Ozzy Gibson has proven his dedication to Louisville through years of service in law enforcement. He has experience managing a large agency, overseeing budgets and leading capital projects, and has a relationship with Metro Government and the Metro Council. He’s also a lover of animals, and he brings the right combination of compassion and administrative acumen to hit the ground running to expand on the strides made by Metro Animal Services,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Montgomery leaves an agency that has recently boosted efficiency, including increases in its live release rate and adoptions. In 2013, Animal Services’ average live release rate was 68 percent. The agency is now consistently reaching an average live release rate of 80 percent. LMAS also continues a three-year trend of increases in adoption rates.

“We wish her the best in her next endeavor,” Mayor Fischer said.

Gibson said: “I’m excited to return to Louisville Metro Government in this role. Metro Animal Services plays a big role in the health and wellbeing of our city, and I’m very much looking forward to working with this dedicated staff to make sure we’re giving the best service to both citizens and animals.”

Gibson assumes the leadership of Animal Services on Friday.