Dir. of Caddo Parish Animal Service responds to activist calling for his job

Published 08/15 2014 07:01PM

Updated 08/15 2014 07:05PM

Immature and overreacting: that's how Caddo Parish Animal Services Director Everett Harris describes Reed Ebarb, the Executive Director of Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Ebarb said Harris harassed him during a meeting at the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter earlier this week. Ebarb called for Harris to resign or for the Caddo Parish Commission to fire him.

Ebarb says he was there to offer suggestions on how to get more animals out of the shelter alive.

During that meeting, Harris says one of the employees called him in, and that’s when he asked Ebarb to leave.

"I don't think that you can just wander into a facility and grab two of their employees and start discussing policy that you want implemented, without consulting the leadership and think you can get away with it,” says Harris. “So, when he was asked to leave, I just feel he got his feelings hurt, and he's reacted in an immature way."

Dr. Woodrow Wilson, Caddo Parish Administrator, says he’s taken statements from employees who were in the meeting, and none of them described the environment that Ebarb did.

"Mr. Everett was to the point and very professional,” says Dr. Wilson. “He didn't raise his voice or use any language that was inappropriate and he walked away.”

Dr. Wilson says he’s still investigating the matter, but at this time, there are no plans to fire Harris.

“Mr. Everett Harris is very competent, and let me say this: if he wasn't competent, he wouldn't be in this job," says Dr. Wilson.

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