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IMHS director Lombardi joins Parkco animal control department

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By Sal Christ

The director of the Intermountain Humane Society has left that job, but she’s taking her commitment to animals with her in a position at the Park County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this week, Lori Lombardi, former director at IMHS, was sworn in as Park County’s newest deputy in the animal control department. The Platte Canyon High School graduate said the new position was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“The new job still continues my passion for animals and their care, but it boils down to security of my own future and the futures of my family. Having a county job is more than anything I can ask for — benefits and so on. It’s really an honor,” Lombardi said. “I’m very dedicated to my community, the people and the animals.”

Lombardi served as the IMHS director for a year and a half after joining the organization’s staff three and a half years ago. Her role at IMHS and her new position with Park County represent a continuation of what she said is a lifetime of caretaker roles. Lombardi previously operated a day-care and has a background in Montessori education.

IMHS has had several shelter directors in recent years, with Marta Anderson leaving in 2013 after three years and her replacement, Carrie David, departing in 2014.

The Intermountain Humane Society is an animal rescue shelter located at 67318 U.S. 285 in Pine Junction; beyond pet adoption, the shelter offers microchip services and operates the Second Chance Thrift Shop.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.