Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Humane Society president quits

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The Montgomery County Humane Society official who turned over the charity's management of the county animal shelter to a consultant last week also has resigned as the society's president.

The board accepted J.C. Crist's resignation on Saturday, said Nicholas Gilman, the consultant.

Stephen Dickstein, director of the county police animal services division which oversees the contract, said Crist's departure had more to do with the charity than with the operation of the animal shelter.

Crist did not return phone calls Tuesday, but Crist is no longer listed among board members on the MCHS Web site.

Crist told The Gazette last week that he planned to stay on the board and would continue as president if nominated and elected in the fall.

A top aide to County Executive Isiah Leggett said earlier this month that the administration was concerned infighting on the humane society's board could harm animals.

Since the beginning of the year, roughly half the board's members have resigned or been pushed out. At least three cite conflicts with Crist.