New director chosen for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control

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(Dec. 17, 2014) – Indianapolis Animal Care and Control has a new director.

The Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that Dennis Papenmeier would take the job.

Papenmeier has nearly 20 years of service in various roles in Indianapolis government. He currently works as a special projects manager for the Department of Code Enforcement. He serves on the board of Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

“We’re pleased to bring Dennis into the fold as our new Animal Care and Control chief,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. ”We were deliberate in our search for a new leader for the division because we wanted someone who is truly committed to the Indianapolis animal welfare community and is also committed to stepping up the enforcement of animal care and control ordinances within the city. We found that in Dennis and look forward to moving IACC further forward.”

Papenmeier has worked in townships, the Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

“Director Riggs and Deputy Director Valerie Washington have worked closely with IACC over the past two years to improve its operation and the quality of care for our city’s animals, and I look forward to continuing that effort as we go forward as a team,” said Papenmeier. “My commitment to the Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control board over the past year or so has allowed me to begin to develop strong relationships within the animal welfare community and that will be a great asset to me in this new role, as well.”

Papenmeier will join IACC in his new role on Dec. 29.