Mayor Names Trebatoski as Animal Care and Control Chief

November 24, 2008  

Mayor John Peyton has appointed Scott Trebatoski as chief of the city's Animal Care and Control division. Trebatoski's appointment is subject to confirmation from the Jacksonville City Council, however, he will assume the role as interim head of the division beginning Monday, Nov. 24.

'We have taken our time to identify right person to take over the reins at Animal Care and Control, and I believe Scott is exactly what we need to keep our shelters moving in the right direction,' said Peyton. 'He brings a wealth of knowledge and a reputation as a leader in the animal community, and I am excited to have him on board.'

Trebatoski comes to the City of Jacksonville after serving more than six years as the director of Animal Services for the Lee County Board of Commissioners. His primary responsibility was to manage animal control and public shelters for Lee County, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach. Combined, the shelters handled an annual intake of 16,000 animals.

Currently, Trebatoski also serves as the immediate past president of the Florida Animal Control Association. He is well known for his work to revise the state animal control officer certification program including writing the first training guide, revising curriculum and developing an examination question database. He is also the founder of the Lee County Animal Care Trust Fund and served on the State of Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Trebatoski earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business Administration.