Changes were announced at the Oregon Zoo Monday afternoon. Zoo Director Kim Smith and Veterinarian Mitch Finnegan are no longer with the Zoo.
Here's the e-mail from Metro:
General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues Teri Dresler is taking an interim leadership role at the Oregon Zoo, replacing Kim Smith effective today.
Dresler is a 10-year veteran of the Oregon Zoo (1995-2005) and has previously served as the zoo’s deputy interim director (2009 to 2010). She brings a strong background and proven abilities to the position.
“Under Teri Dresler’s experienced leadership and with the support of Metro, the dedicated Oregon Zoo staff and the community, the zoo will continue focusing on its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife by creating engaging experiences and advancing the highest level of animal welfare, environmental literacy and conservation science,” said Metro Chief Operating Officer Martha Bennett.
Metro Deputy Chief Operating Officer Scott Robinson will manage Visitor Venues while Dresler serves in the interim leadership role at the zoo.
Veterinarian Mitch Finnegan is also no longer with the zoo. Existing Oregon Zoo veterinarian staff will continue providing care to zoo animals.
It is Metro’s policy not to comment on personnel matters.