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COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON RESIGNATIONS AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Contact:
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Jodi Andes, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5273

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is not only a world-class attraction for our community, but also a community investment.  It requires world-class leadership, appropriate community oversight, transparency, and that there be no hint of any impropriety in the management of the county taxpayers’ funds.
 
The recent accusations are distressing, and we immediately called for them to be investigated.  It is important that that investigation continue to its conclusion regardless of yesterday’s resignations in order to ensure the community’s continued trust in the organization.  Additionally, we believe that this process must also include a review of the current governance structure of the zoo. 
 
In the meantime, we look forward to an intensive, nationwide search for new leadership for the nation’s finest Zoo.
 

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