Ben Winkleblack selected as next Animal Services Director

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Ben Winkleblack selected to be next Animal Services Director
Photo courtesy of the County.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors selected Ben Winkleblack as the next Animal Services Director. He will succeed former Director Beth Ward, who retired.

Winkleblack’s estimated annual salary is $191,660.89 and his start date is Monday, May 6.

He began his career as an animal health technician with Santa Cruz County in 2006 before being promoted to shelter manager in 2010. After a decade in that role, Winkleblack served as assistant director for the City of Oakland Animal Services department, helping to modernize field services to promote owner retention of animals, support of unsheltered populations and augmenting low-cost spay neuter programming to residents in need.

Most recently, Winkleblack consulted for the Human Society of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I’m excited to carry on the department’s commitment to ensuring quality services and prioritizing the well-being and safety of the people and animals of Contra Costa County,” Winkleblack said. “I’m honored to serve our community in this role and to lead such an experienced team at Animal Services.”

Federal Glover, chair of the Board of Supervisors, lauded Winkleblack’s commitment to serving the most vulnerable animal populations. He also expressed gratitude to Capt. Jane De May Andreotti, who served as interim director following Ward’s retirement.

 “While we welcome Ben, we also thank Jane for maintaining stability at Animal Services during this transition period,” he said.