After a three-month nationwide search and a turbulent year, a new executive director has been chosen for the Brazos Animal Shelter.
Brazos County resident Ashley Wesp was selected by the shelter's board of directors.
The board announced the appointment during a press conference Wednesday morning.
"When the position became open for the directors job, I thought this is my opportunity to get back in and really do what needs to be done for the animals in this community," Wesp said.
In July, former Executive Director Kelly Durham resigned. Durham had not seen eye-to-eye with the previous governmental board, and at the same time, shelter employees were frustrated about the shelter's needs not being met.
That same month, the current board -- made of mostly community members -- was created, and for the past three months, they've been searching for a director.
"We are enormously relieved to have it taken care of and to have someone as capable as Ashley taking over," said Animal Shelter Board President Shane Phelps. "We are very fortunate to find her in Brazos County."
Wesp, a graduate of Texas A&M, spent eight years as the shelter's operations director, and served a short time as the interim director.
"My job at this point is to come in and settle the staff down so we can really focus on the animal issues and things the animals need from us and to go from there," Wesp said.
Her main goal is seeing a new shelter come to fruition. The board of directors has already started a campaign to raise funds for a new shelter.
Wesp and the board plan to have a new shelter open within the next three years. She will take over management of the shelter on November 20.