George Harding, Lee’s Summit’s manager of animal control, has resigned from the city to take a job leading the National Association of Animal Control.
The association, headquarted in Olathe, provides training for animal control professionals and promotes animal welfare, Harding said.
He started his new job as executive director on June 4.
Harding moved to Lee’s Summit when he was 5 years old and started working for the parks department in 1987, when he was in high school, and continued through college, as he studied conservation enforcement.
In 1994 he joined the Police Department as an animal control officer. He was promoted to the position of Animal Control Supervisor in September of 1996 and then promoted to the position of Animal Control Manager in July 2011.