Charleston Animal Society CEO to step down at the end of this year

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston Animal Society’s chief executive officer, Joe Elmore, will step down from the position at the end of this year.

“My goal was to lead the organization out of crisis and bring the board’s dream of the first 'no kill' community in the Southeast to realization,” Elmore said. “Charleston County has been a 'no kill' community for five full years now. Our fire is out; It’s time to fight fires elsewhere.”

 He will step down in late 2018 or early 2019, pending a national search for the organization’s next chief executive, according to a statement from the organization. Elmore will work closely with the Board of Directors this year to find a new chief executive.

Elmore specializes in organization turnarounds following crises. He committed to three years at Charleston Animal Society, but has worked at organization for over six years, longer than anywhere in his 30-year nonprofit career spanning six states and three times overseas.

Under Elmore’s leadership, the Charleston Animal Society launched No Kill South Carolina to promote no-kill shelters beyond the Charleston Animal Society.

“One of our proudest achievements is being South Carolina’s most honored charity for over five years and we expect this year will be the sixth,” said Hank Greer, president of the Charleston Animal Society Board of Directors. “Joe has helped all of us in Charleston County and South Carolina re-imagine what animal rescue can be.”

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