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Humane Society of Southern Arizona names new CEO in wake of controversy

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has named an interim CEO in the wake of a controversy involving the disappearance of small animals after they were transferred recently from San Diego to Tucson.

The nonprofit announced that Beth Morrison, a consultant, will take over daily operations until a replacement is found.

She replaces Steve Farley, a former state legislator and Democratic candidate for governor, who said he had no involvement in the animal transfers and found news of the animal disappearances “disturbing.”

The group said it hopes to wrap up its investigation into the controversy by Friday, and will then begin work on a written report.

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Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.