UPDATE: Newly appointed Central Missouri Humane Society director rescinds acceptance

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 6:26 p.m. CST; updated 8:22 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Central Missouri Humane Society will resume its search for an executive director. Kimberly Sherlaw told the organization's board of directors she rescinded her earlier acceptance of the job for personal reasons.

The Humane Society announced on Feb. 20 that it hired Sherlaw to replace former executive director Alan Allert, who stepped down in October 2011 because of health issues.

"We all related very well with her," said Ann Korschgen, treasurer of the Humane Society's board of directors. "We were excited and are, of course, deeply disappointed."

Sherlaw informed Board of Directors President Linda Hutton of her decision late last week, board member Jim Loveless said.

On Tuesday, the Humane Society announced on its website that although Sherlaw felt welcomed by Columbia residents, staff and the board of directors, "personal considerations suddenly prevented her from taking the position."

Sherlaw had worked with animal rescue groups before accepting the job at the Humane Society. She was the director of the Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the executive director of the Norfolk (Virginia) SPCA, according to a previous Missourian report.

According to the Humane Society’s website, the board of directors has reopened the search for a new executive director, and will consider people who applied for the position before Sherlaw was hired unless they withdraw from consideration.

The board of directors will start reviewing executive director applications March 9, so people who did not see the listing before have time to apply for the job, board Vice President Chris Koukola said.

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