Field Services Supervisor Randy Covey Promoted to Washington County Animal Services Manager

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 27, 2017

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department

Randy Covey manager of Animal Services

After a nationwide recruitment, Randy Covey has been promoted to manager of Washington County Animal Services, which also operates the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. Covey joined the County in 2010 and has served as the field services supervisor for the shelter since 2012.

“We had a strong pool of national candidates for this position,” says Marni Kuyl, director of Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, which houses the Animal Services Division. “Randy’s extensive experience and expertise in animal shelter operations, animal welfare, and disaster preparedness and response make him a fantastic fit for this leadership role.”

Covey brings 31 years of experience in law enforcement and animal welfare. He is a nationally recognized expert in animal cruelty issues and in training field officers.

Previous positions include the director of disaster services for the Humane Society of the United States in Gaithersburg Maryland, where he supervised a national staff who responded to more than 40 large-scale disasters. Closer to home, Covey also served as a special agent and supervisor of the law enforcement division of the Oregon Humane Society, where he led the creation and development of the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue Team (OHSTAR).

“Washington County Animal Services has built a reputation as a leader in animal welfare issues in the Portland Metro region,” says Covey. “I’m committed to finding new and innovative ways to continue and expand that role so we can provide the best service possible to the people and animals in Washington County.”

Covey replaces Deborah Wood, who retired in September after leading the division for nine years.

“The strong partnerships Debbie developed throughout the Metro area have been critical in making Washington County one of the safest places in the country to be a lost or homeless pet,” says Covey. “I’m looking forward to continuing to nurture those relationships and representing our shelter in regional coalitions.”

For more information about Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter, visit  

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Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO