Beth Foster, communications/development director for the SPCA of Bradley County, has resigned her position effective July 1.
She leaves an organization that is only a few months into its new responsibility as the contracted animal shelter operator for Bradley County.
Foster sent her letter to SPCA Board President Betti Gravelle on Friday and it was released to the Banner by SPCA board of directors member Charlotte Peak-Jones, who is also a representative of the 4th District on the Bradley County Commission.
The letter does not give any reasons for the decision, but does inform the board Foster will continue her duties until her resignation becomes official.
The complete text of her letter is as follows:
“Please accept this letter as my official resignation as communications/development director with the SPCA of Bradley County effective July 1, 2014.
“In the coming month, I will complete the process to make application with Rescue Waggin’ and attend the meeting with the Rescue Waggin’ representative on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
“I will also issue the weekly press release from the SPCA and continue to work with the Photo Team to ensure we have a strong schedule of volunteers posting the animals’ information on a daily basis. I will take care of meeting notices and agendas for the month of June.
“In the meantime, I would prefer not to be the public spokesperson for the SPCA and would like to forward media requests for comment to someone appointed by the board. I do not feel comfortable speaking as a representative of the organization at this point.
“Before the end of the month, I will compile a list of the daily, weekly and monthly tasks for which I am responsible; as well as projects that are on the ‘to do’ list.
“We also have two fundraisers in progress that I will try to have organized leadership of before my resignation date. The second meeting for the ‘5K for the SPCA’ Team is scheduled for this month and I will be glad to attend that and try to find someone who will take over leading that fundraiser, unless the board would rather wait until we have a new communications/development director in place to handle that. Please let me know your preference.
“We had a wonderful piece of art donated by Jodie Westwood and I am currently working with a gallery so that we can get the best price for the artwork. The gallery is also interested in continuing to provide fundraising opportunities for us with [art sales]. I can continue this discussion or put it on hold until the next director is in place. Please let me know the board's preference.
“I wish the best of luck to the SPCA of Bradley County, and the homeless animals of our community continue to be in my thoughts and prayers every day.”
Peak-Jones said she has not been made aware of the reasons for Foster’s departure other than what is stated in the letter.
“Beth has been an incredible asset as we began this new venture,” Peak-Jones said. “We will certainly miss her and wish her nothing but the best in whatever pursuits she chooses.”
Peak-Jones said she was unsure about Foster’s replacement or the process to fill that position.
The SPCA board is tentatively scheduled to meet Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library.