New Animal Shelter Manager Hired

City of Great Falls Montana


DATE:  October 4, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417


GREAT FALLS, Montana – This week the City hired Lynn Formell as the new Animal Shelter Operations Manager. Lynn was hired as the Shelter’s Veterinarian Technician in January of 2012 and has been the Interim Manager since May.  She has a demonstrated passion for the care, well-being and adoption of Shelter animals. Lynn has been employed as a Veterinarian Technician in three states and has more than 20 years of experience working with animals. She has over 10 years of leadership and management experience through her career in the Air Force.

During her time at the Shelter, she has been instrumental in implementing new protocols and practices which have significantly helped reduce euthanasia rates.  As the Shelter’s Veterinarian Technician, she developed comprehensive training procedures to ensure the Shelter’s kennel technicians received proper training in order to provide excellent animal care and cleanliness. This training has decreased employee turnover, assisted in the prevention and control of disease, as well as improved the overall health and well-being of the animals.

During her time as Interim Manager Lynn has worked to improve office procedures and reporting, worked closely with customers and has worked to establish better communication and relationships with local veterinarians.

Lynn has an extensive background in information technology, instructional systems and personnel development. She has an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Instructor of Technology and Military Science. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Networking and Securities through Park University.

According to City Manager Greg Doyon, “We are excited to have Lynn onboard as the new Shelter Manager. She is an experienced supervisor and has a passion for the job. Lynn has an excellent team in place and together they will continue to move the Shelter forward.”