According to a September 23 report by WWAYTV3, the leadership of the Columbus County Animal Shelter in Whiteville, North Carolina has changed hands.
“My health started getting worse and worse\Like I said I’ve already been in the hospital three times this year. And at my age, I just felt like it’s time for me to go home and turn it over and let a younger person have it. Because this is a real stressful job.”
Fayobserver.com reported September 22 that County Manager Bill Clark said Price, of Tabor City, took the job September 22 less than 12 hours after Columbus County commissioners approved him for the $37,000 per year position. Prince, 49, turned in his notice of resignation at Tabor Correctional Institution where he had been a correctional officer since 2008 and had reached the rank of Sergeant. He was employed at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Officer prior to that as a training officer and grant writer from 2005 to 2008. Clark praised Prince stating
“We liked his managerial experience and his potential to move the shelter into the future.”
Prince is a Wilmington native, where he graduated from New Hanover County High School. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix.
Facebook: Urgent Cats of CCAC, Whiteville posted September 23
“New beginnings. The new and more positive thinking shelter director at Whiteville is Mr. Joseph (Joey) Prince who has plans and has made commitment to improve things at this shelter going forward.”
Prince has a lot of negativity to overcome in his new role as shelter director. In June the shelter was fined $5,000 for violating euthanasia policy, as previously reported. Just last month an employee was fired after failing to latch a dog kennel, resulting in the deaths of 13 cats at the Whiteville shelter.