Mayor Hires Hew Animal Services Director

Mayor Ben McAdams has selected Talia Butler to head up Salt Lake County’s Division of Animal Services. Butler is an experienced Salt Lake County employee who first began her career in Animal Services as operations and programs manager in 2013.

“Talia is a great choice for this position because of her management experience and passion for serving the community,” said McAdams. “She knows the job involves being both an advocate for animals and public safety officers; all the while managing in a fiscally responsible way.”

McAdams said Butler will manage 54 employees for the agency that provides services for all Salt Lake County townships and unincorporated areas, as well as the five cities that contract with the county for animal services.

“I am very excited to lead the largest “no-kill” shelter in Utah. Our agency is an industry leader with amazing programming like humane education, free vaccines, and microchipping. I am grateful to have such an amazing team and I am honored to serve the citizens – both people and animals – of Salt Lake County,” said Butler.

Butler has a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She lives in Riverton with her husband and two children.

McAdams says Butler begins immediately.