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Hernando County hires new animal services director


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— About one month after Hernando County Animal Services’ Managing Veterinarian resigned, a replacement has been found.

Julie Rosenberger has been hired to take the vacant spot. She comes here from Citrus County, where for the last five years she was the director and staff veterinarian for that county’s animal services department.

While at Citrus County, Rosenberger was responsible for managing all aspects of shelter operation, treatments and exams, surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and animal cruelty exams. She also oversaw the annual animal services budget.

Rosenberger has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and earned her veterinarian degree from the University of Florida.

She replaces veterinarian Lisa Centonze, who was on the job about one year before leaving to become managing veterinarian at Hillsborough County Animal Services, where she worked before coming to Hernando County. Centonze was hired Jan. 24, 2013 to bring stability to a department that had been criticized for a lack of policies and its treatment of animals.

Rosenberger said in a letter to the county she looks forward to new opportunities.

“Dr. Centonze and her team have instituted a similar program and one that I could easily transition into and continue to support and cultivate,” she said.

Rosenberger said prior to her hire in Citrus, the county never had a veterinarian on staff at the shelter.

“Within the first six months, I designed a surgical suite to allow on-site surgeries,” she said. “We also started offering a weekly low-cost vaccination clinic to the public.”

The only other person who submitted an application for the position was Judith Jaxtheimer, a veterinarian with the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Petersburg.

Rosenberger’s starting salary was not immediately available. The position was advertised at $69,014 to $111,256.

The county is still looking to fill two other vacant positions: mosquito control director and director of public safety.

Hernando County’s former mosquito control director, Peter Taylor, was fired last month after his supervisor determined he failed to perform his duties. The deadline for submissions ended Thursday.

The advertisement for public safety director has ended and county officials are still interviewing candidates.

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