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Grand Strand Humane Society searching for new director after mother and son resign

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Nine days after his mother, and executive director, Sandy Brown resigned, Stefan Brown stepped down from his role at the Grand Strand Humane Society.

The Grand Strand Humane Society board president says they are going in a new direction, and she says the two resignations were not related.

"Stefan Brown, who was our interim director, resigned this morning. Sandy Brown, his mom, resigned as of July 20," Elena Nicholas said. 

Though Sandy Brown's name isn't quite a thing of the past at the shelter and remains on front desk bulletins, Board President Elena Nicholas says the shelter is now on a different path.

"We have opened a nationwide search for a new executive director, and our shelter will be better than it ever was," Nicholas said.

Nicholas says they've also requested a financial audit to be done, something other board members say hasn't been done since Sandy Brown took over in 2008. Nicholas says the audit does not have anything to do with the recent resignations, and there are no financial issues that she knows of at this time, but admits someone needs to monitor the budget. 

"Finances are always a concern with the shelter, we never know how many dogs or cats are going to be brought in on any given day," Nicholas explained.

Since the city owns the building and partners with the shelter, Nicholas says the city will be funding up-and-coming renovations starting with the dog kennels.

"It's going to be easier to clean, it's going to be better at keeping any kind of germs or anything away, we are going to be re-doing our lobby, we are going to be doing some stuff maybe helping the air conditioning units," Nicholas said.

Nicholas says the cost will be separate from the $230,000 the city already granted to the Humane Society this year, and City Spokesperson Mark Kruea explains they don't have an estimate for the renovations just yet.

"That request is already out there, we'll hear bids from contractors, picked the lowest possible bidder, to get the inside of that building fixed up," Kruea explained.

"There are great things ahead for this shelter, everybody here is about the animals, the city is about the animals, we have opened a nationwide search for a new executive director, and our shelter will be better than it ever was," Nicholas said.

Nicholas expects renovations to start within the next 4 to 6 weeks. As for the new executive director, she says the Humane Society is looking for one quality above all others..truly having the animals in heart.

WMBF News reached out to former executive director, Sandy Brown, and did not hear back.

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