After less than two months in the new post, Laura Hinze resigned Tuesday from her position as the executive director of the parish’s non-profit run animal shelter.
On Aug. 1, the Companion Animal Alliance, a nonprofit aiming to turn Baton Rouge into a no-kill city, took over the sheltering operations from the city-parish-run Animal Control agency.
Hinze, a Chicago resident, was selected during a national search by the CAA, and has endured intense public scrutiny in the past month over complaints that the shelter has become overcrowded and unsafe while under her care.
Christel Slaughter, CAA chair, said Hinze’s resignation, submitted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, is effective immediately.
She said interim management is being put into place and another national search will be held to identify a new executive director.
Slaughter said Hinze’s departure was a “mutual decision” between Hinze and the board.
“We had a board meeting last night, and we, the board, felt we needed to go in a different direction,” Slaughter said.
When asked if the board asked Hinze to leave, Slaughter demurred.
“It’s very amicable and Laura is a true professional,” she said. “Everybody is happy with this solution.”
Hinze could not immediately be reached for comment.