For BARC, A Change (Agent) Is Gonna Come

BARC has inked a six-month contract with Houston consultant Gerry Fusco to address physical, financial and operational procedures at the troubled animal-control facility.

Houston Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathy Barton told Hair Balls that Fusco will be paid approximately $200,000 and is slated to begin Thursday.

Barton said Fusco is expected to address "process improvement, which includes developing and staffing an effective organization; workflow improvement; and developing and implementing a dynamic volunteer program, and improving health delivery for the animals."

Fusco is apparently filling the role of "change agent," which Mayor Bill White called for after the abrupt -- and unexplained -- firing of BARC Bureau Chief Ray Sim after only two months on the job.

She said he will also be addressing infrastructure, "which means he'll be working to improve the financial and operational reporting capabilities, enhance the use of technology...within the organization; upgrade the physical facility within budgetary constraint; and develop...a process for regular and proactive communication. And he will be working on increasing the live-release rate of animals that enter the facility."

When contacted Monday, Fusco did not confirm or deny rumors of his contract with the city and hung up the phone before Hair Balls could ask any questions about his experience.

According to his website, www.gerryfusco.com, Fusco is a "senior level manufacturing and supply chain executive with over 20 years of operations and general management experience" who "developed 'manufacturing as a strategic weapon to enable sales growth.'" (We've read that last part 148 times and still have no idea what that actually means).

His "presentations" include "How to Get Your Company People-driven," delivered to the Christian Business Leaders International Luncheon; and his testimonials include raves from the purchasing manager of the Tensolite Company, the executive VP of International Institute for Learning, Inc., and the director of corporate human resources for SYSCO, among others.

Because purchases over a certain amount need City Council approval, Fusco will initially be paid through a purchase order below that amount, allowing him to start immediately. Barton said a formal request for contract approval is scheduled to go before City Council in two weeks.

We'll let you know when we find out more.


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