Contra Costa Animal Services Director Beth Ward stepping down

Photo courtesy Ken Carlson.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 18, 2023) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors announced that Beth Ward will step down from her position as Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) Director, citing her family’s decision to move out of state. Ms. Ward, who has held the position since November 2015, identified January 19, 2024, as her final date of employment.

Contra Costa County Supervisor Ken Carlson said, “I am grateful for Ms. Ward’s many years of service to the County. She has done extraordinary work to improve the well-being, safety, and health of animals in our community.”

Ms. Ward brought to CCAS over 30 years of experience. She previously served as vice president for community alliances at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. She also served as the director of animal care at the Peninsula Humane Society.

“This has been a very difficult decision because I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve achieved over the last eight years,” said Ward. “I’m filled with immense gratitude for the hard work and commitment of our staff, volunteers, and the community who have helped CCAS achieve significant milestones that have improved the lives of people and animals in Contra Costa County. The collaborative spirit and tireless dedication of our team have created a lasting impact, and I leave with a sense of pride in what we have accomplished together.”

In light of this development, the County Administrator’s Office will initiate a recruitment process to identify and appoint a new Director. Details about the recruitment process will be made available in the coming weeks.