Animal Services Director Leigh Anne Garrard to take a position with Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

Pittsboro, NC – Animal Services Director Leigh Anne Garrard has decided to take a position with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Effective January 4, 2016, Ms. Garrard will step into the role of Sheriff’s deputy.

Leigh Anne Garrard

Leigh Anne Garrard

“After much thought, I have accepted a position with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office,” Ms. Garrard said. “My background and passion over the last 10 years have been in cruelty investigations. Because of this, the transition into Law Enforcement feels very natural. I am excited to have the opportunity to challenge myself in new areas.”

During her tenure with Animal Services, Ms. Garrard has led numerous efforts to protect the health of both Chatham’s animals and residents. Earlier this year, she was named Supervisor of the Year of the Chatham County Public Health Department for her hard work and dedication.

“Leigh Anne has been a tremendous asset to the Animal Services Division and to the Health Department during her tenure as the Animal Services Director. While she will be missed at the Health Department, I am confident that she will continue to serve Chatham residents with the same level of commitment and professionalism in her new role with the Sheriff’s Office that she has consistently demonstrated at the health department. We wish her the all the best and look forward to seeing her in her new role,” Public Health Director Layton Long said.

Ms. Garrard has earned the respect of her peers, partners and residents throughout her time as Animal Services Director. The Chatham County Public Health Department would like to thank her for her service to Chatham County in this role.

“I will certainly miss many areas of Animal Services, but none more than my staff and the animals we serve,” Ms. Garrard added. “I am proud to have been a part of such positive collaborative efforts for the improvement of the Animal Services division of the Chatham County Public Health Department. I feel the community has a division they can depend on, which is very rewarding. I plan to continue my professional growth and service to the community as a Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputy.”