Executive Director Chief Ross Licitra (file photo)

EATONTOWN, NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA Board of Trustees has announced that effective immediately, interim Executive Director Chief Ross Licitra, has accepted the permanent position of Executive Director of the Monmouth County SPCA. During his months of provisional leadership as interim Executive Director at the shelter Chief Licitra immediately began working on efficiencies and analyzing costs.

In the 12 months adoptions were up by 16%, ongoing operational expenditures were reduced  11%; notwithstanding, 617 cases of animal cruelty which were investigated in Monmouth County.

After a lifetime career in law enforcement, Chief Licitra came out of retirement to come on staff at the MCSPCA in May of 2015. He brought more than 30 years of experience to his job as Chief of Law Enforcement, most recently as a Lieutenant in charge of narcotics with the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office. In the past year, Chief Licitra has led, effectively prosecuted and rescued animals in dozens of cruelty investigations, most notably one this past June in Howell where nearly 300 dogs were saved from a hoarding situation.

Daran Haber, Monmouth County SPCA Chair President adds “We are confident that Ross’s experience, knowledge, and integrity will provide strong leadership at the MCSPCA, and look forward to continue working with him in order to fulfill our mission of protecting animals and serving the residents of Monmouth County.” In addition, Robert Baerenbach, Vice Chair President says “He is a leader with a concrete vision of sustainable growth for the MCSPCA, and is decisive about the actions that need to be taken.”