GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County Regional SPCA announced it appointed a chief law enforcement officer to lead its team of Humane Law Enforcement division.
Former New York state trooper Deborah L. Komar will also serve a key role as official liaison between the shelter and local law enforcement agencies.
“It is an honor to welcome Ms. Komar to the Regional SPCA team as chief law enforcement officer,” said Renee Earl, SPCA president. “She brings her compassionate heart and many years of law enforcement expertise. Our volunteers, community, and the animals we serve will greatly benefit from her knowledge and leadership. We are all looking forward to learning from her.”
Komar joins the team of Regional SPCA volunteers following 33 years as a member of the state police. As a retired senior investigator responsible for the oversight of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations — Mayfield and Fonda — Komar has experience investigating numerous animal cruelty and neglect cases, as well as multi-animal seizures and subsequent criminal prosecutions. In addition to her time spent with the state police, she has served as a training consultant for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for the last four years.
“I am honored to serve in this role as part of such a wonderful organization,” said Komar. “Our little shelter acts not only as a voice for abused, neglected and abandoned animals but as an educational resource for the community. It has been amazing to see what is accomplished when a group of like-minded individuals come together to work towards a common goal.”
Komar has served as a volunteer with the Regional SPCA for two years; assisting with the care of animals, events and fundraising efforts. She currently resides with her three rescue dogs; Lance, Lily, and Grinchy; and rescue cat, Gibbs.
The addition of a chief law enforcement officer follows Regional’s June 2019 announcement to reorganize as an SPCA.
“Our goal with reorganization was to share the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of the animals in our area. Adding this position is an important step in making this goal a reality,” said Earl. “We had hoped for a quicker process, but all good things take time and preparation. We are taking every step necessary to guarantee a successful launch of our Humane Law Enforcement Division and plan to roll out the application process for peace officers in the coming months.”
Fulton County Regional SPCA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-operated, donation-funded organization originally founded as Regional Animal Shelter in 2002. Regional SPCA’s mission is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals, providing immediate shelter and care for any homeless or abused animals and either reuniting these animals with their owners or finding them new, loving homes. Regional also actively promotes animal and owner education, training, and public awareness to improve the lives of the animals in our community and beyond.
To learn more, call the shelter at (518)725-5956 or visit fcrspca.org.