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Morgan Chegwidden promoted to lead Animal Shelter

Post Date:06/27/2017 10:54 AM

Morgan Chegwidden, the City of San Angelo’s budget manager, has been promoted to assistant director of the Neighborhood & Family Services Department, where she will manage the Animal Shelter and oversee Code Compliance.

Chegwidden has worked 12 years for the City, including as budget manager the past five years. She recently earned a master’s degree in business administration and has contributed to 10 straight budget awards from the Government Finance Officers Association and five financial transparency awards from the state comptroller. She was honored as one of San Angelo’s 20 Under 40 rising young leaders last year.

Through her work with the City’s budget, Chegwidden grew concerned about unwanted pets swamping the Animal Shelter. She and her husband Jason, a San Angelo police officer, have fostered about 30 dogs in their home. Chegwidden was a Sadie’s Rescue board member who devoted many Saturdays to staging adoption events.

Neighborhood & Family Services Director Bob Salas said the shelter has enjoyed much success the past 2½ years. He noted euthanasia numbers are down dramatically, no adoptable pet has been put down in 14 months, adoptions are up thanks in part to a partnership with Concho Valley PAWS, the shelter earned high marks on two state inspections, and it has hosted events and embraced more volunteer involvement.

“Building upon that success will require a leadership style that Morgan embodies,” Salas said. “Aside from being hard-working, fiscally minded and well-versed in rescues and adoptions, Morgan excels at connecting with people. She’s a patient listener, she’s empathetic and diplomatic, she is reasoned in her approach, and she is collaborative in her manner. Serving as budget manager will never be confused for a popularity contest, and yet she is universally respected by her co-workers.”

Chegwidden’s promotion is effective immediately. She will continue to assist the Finance Department in crafting the 2017-18 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1.

“My work with rescue groups and as the budget manager gives me a solid working knowledge of the shelter and a wealth of ideas about how it can serve homeless pets and our community,” Chegwidden said. “I’m excited about the chance to partner with our staff, with volunteers and with rescue groups to ensure the well-being of every cat, dog, pig, rabbit, horse and hawk that comes to the shelter.”

Salas said Chegwidden’s promotion establishes a clear succession plan for the Neighborhood & Family Services Department, which includes four divisions: Animal Services, Code Compliance, Community & Housing Support and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). He noted Chegwidden’s longtime residency in San Angelo and employment with the City, and her deep involvement in her church and volunteer organizations as proof of her commitment to the community.

“She’s a star,” Salas said, “but a quiet one who goes about her work with both passion and dignity. I’m excited to see where she takes the shelter and the rest of our department.”

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