After an investigation into supervision and management of her department, the City of Abilene’s Animal Services Director has resigned, effective Monday. A press release from the City said a nationwide search for Mirenda Walden’s replacement will begin soon.

According to the release, the City received a complaint regarding the supervision and management of animal services personnel. The City promptly investigated this complaint; and subsequent to the investigation, Walden resigned.

“The search for a new Animal Services Director will be an opportunity to continue to move our animal services program forward. Additionally, and as previously discussed with the City Council during budget hearings, we will begin formal analysis of replacing our current shelter with a new, modern facility. I do not anticipate the search for a new Director to slow this process down,” City Manager Robert Hanna said in the release. “It is important that we take the time to find the right person to serve in this important position, and it is equally important that we keep the public’s business moving forward.”

Hanna said he intends to hire a national search firm to help in the recruitment process for the best possible person for the position.

“It is important to recruit the best talent we can. This position is historically one of the more difficult positions to recruit. The use of a search firm will assist us in finding the person most capable of leading this important service for our community,” Hanna said.

The search will take three to five months to complete. In the interim, Animal Services is being run by its two current supervisors with managerial oversight and support being provided by Deputy City Manager Mindy Patterson.