Director of Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter announces retirement

Rhonda McLendon
Rhonda McLendon

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The director of the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter will be retiring on Feb. 19. Rhonda McLendon has accepted a position as the director of Pflugerville's shelter and Animal Control Department.

McLendon has been with the City of Lufkin for 24 years and eight months. She will be relocating to the Austin area for her new job.

"I appreciate all each of you have done to support Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter," McLendon said in an e-mail. "Each of you has made an impact on me, and your efforts to help the many homeless and unwanted animals that have entered our doors have made all the difference in what we have been able to accomplish."

McLendon urged the shelter's volunteers to continue to support Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter during the upcoming transition period.

"It's been my honor to work with such a wonderful group of volunteers," McLendon said in the e-mail.

McLendon was the director for 10 years. Before that she served as an emergency communications operator, city marshal, and municipal court administrator. She was also a police officer for several years.

McLendon says she is going to miss her staff the most.

"I'm going to miss so much. I'm going to miss my staff and very dedicated, driven, passionate volunteers. I'm going to miss that very much," McLendon said.

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