FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After 17 months of leading northwest Alabama’s largest animal shelter, the director has turned in his resignation.
According to Florence Animal Control Director Vinnie Grosso, the move is a bittersweet one which will close a long, distinguished chapter in his life.
“I have regrets leaving right now,” Grosso told WHNT News 19. “I kind of question myself, is this the right time?”
In July of 2014, leaders in Florence chose Grosso as Animal Control Director for the city. Grosso rose up through the ranks in the department during his first 14 years. When he took over, he knew there needed to be some changes.
“I think it’s just the right time. I’ve accomplished what I wanted to accomplish and this was the time now,” explained Grosso.
During his tenure the shelter has reached low-kill/no-kill status, he helped design a new animal shelter to be built, and championed several ordinances.
City leaders tried to talk Grosso out of the resignation, but ultimately he said he wants to focus on personal business opportunities.
“I feel really comfortable that I’m stepping out right now at a high point. I shouldn’t say we haven’t peaked by any means,” said Grosso. “But I see great things for our shelter in the future.”
Regrets or not, Grosso said he can look back at his tenure and know he is leaving the shelter better than how it was when he took over.
The city of Florence has already posted the job of Florence Animal Control Director, and will leave it open for 10 days. Grosso said he will stay on as director until February so he can help train his replacement.