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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Linda Buskirk Going to the Dogs...and Cats, too

For those who may have missed the November 7, 2005 item in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Business People feature, Indiana Parley can report that former two-time mayoral candidate Linda Buskirk has been hired as the Interim Executive Director of the Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ACSPCA).

Paw Prints, the newsletter of the ACSPCA, reports in its November 2005 issue (Vol. 6, Issue 10):
A Search Committee was appointed to seek an Interim Executive Director, to structure the Executive Director position, and to search for that candidate. After several interviews, the Search Committee recommended Linda Buskirk as the Interim Executive Director. The Board voted to hire Linda's consulting company to manage the shelter, to establish policies and procedures, to develop community awareness, and to assist with the search for the Executive Directror.
Buskirk's consulting firm is Accountable Solutions of Fort Wayne. Buskirk had previously been Vice-President of Administration for the University of St. Francis before resigning to begin her second campaign for Mayor of Fort Wayne against incumbent Graham Richard in 2003. She lost a very close race for the city's top job in 1999 against Richard. At that time Buskirk was the head of the Board of Public Works.

Buskirk was awarded a Master's degree in Public Administration in 1994. She previously had worked for the Allen County Board of Commissioners. She came to Fort Wayne to work as a newsperson for WOWO Radio. She was then known as Linda Losch. She is married to former Fort Wayne Police officer Ron Buskirk. Ron Buskirk was a candidate for State Senate in the Republican primary against David Long.

The ACSPCA has its shelter located at 4914 S. Hanna Street on Fort Wayne's south side.

In the interest of full disclosure, my wife and I provide room and board for two cats from the ACSPCA shelter.

Photo of Linda Buskirk from the Buskirk for Mayor website.

Well, she was a great candidate for Mayor, and city government is a lot like herding cats. So she should be REALLY good in this job.
I just hope she doesn't try to annex my pets!!!
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