SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The CNYSPCA has chosen a new Executive Director just one day after previous director, Paul Morgan, admitted in court to stealing nearly $600,000 from the organization.
After going through over 70 applicants, the CNYSPCA board selected Kerrin Conklin to take over Morgan’s position at the organization.
Board President Carole Marsh made the announcement Friday afternoon.
Conklin, a volunteer at the agency the past couple years, calls this her dream job.
One of her first goals is to establish transparency and openness with the public to restore the community's trust in the shelter.
"Taking whatever that project is and making that change and doing a before and after and having them see that, that their money, their contribution, their time has all been well spent in the improvement of the shelter." Conklin says.
Conklin laid out some of her plans for the SPCA’s future, including increasing the number of successful adoptions, decreasing the length of stay for animals, boosting the number of returns and overall quality of life at the shelter.
She says, "I think its going to be an on-going plan. I think every year if you look at your statistics and you look at your numbers and look at your goals and set them realistically then you can only keep improving from that point on."
Conklin also hopes to improve the relationship with other shelters in the area.
On Thursday the former executive director of the CNYSPCA pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former employer over the course of six years.
Morgan will be sentenced in February to four to 12 years in prison.
He must also pay $591,852.31 in restitution, along with nearly $40,000 for taxes he failed to pay.
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