August 28, 2014 : Imagine Your Possibilities: Fairfield County Dog Warden Todd McCullough
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Todd McCullough has gone to the dogs – literally. The 32-year old has been the Fairfield County Dog Warden and Adoption Center Director for nearly a year now. He got the job shortly after graduating from Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington.
“I love it here,” said McCullough. “When this opportunity opened up to me, I saw it as a chance to really impact the people, area and community I care about.”
The Fairfield County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center’s purpose is to embrace the dogs of the community; to keep lost or adoptable dogs safe until they can find their way home; to protect Fairfield County through the enforcement of State Animal Control Laws, and to provide the community with education opportunities on the importance of pet safety and population control.
McCullough, an Applied Management/Communications double-major, graduated in the spring of 2013. He said the classes he took at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington prepared him to step right into the management position, even though he had not done this kind of work before.
“I was able to quickly step into a leadership role in the county,” said McCullough. “From day one, I’ve been put into pressure situations and made decisions to incorporate changes. The tools I got from OUL prepared me to make those decisions. My day really consists of preparing leaders in the organization to lead their respective areas and develop people who work with me so we can, in turn, develop a solid strategy to plan for the future.”
McCullough was a high school dropout and returned to the classroom after being laid off from a manufacturing job in Columbus in 2009. The father and husband initially feared returning to school, but quickly learned that second chances are more than possible in the programs at OUL. McCullough got involved on campus. He was the president of Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society. He also was a leader in a group called Adults Belong in College and was given the first OUL Krile Family Student Leadership Award. Now, by working in a social service job setting, McCullough feels like he is paying it forward by helping the community.
“What I saw myself doing for a living after I graduated from OUL was working in marketing or training, and I hoped I would find a position where I could impact the community by using the skills I developed at OUL,” said McCullough. “I saw this opportunity to be the county dog warden as my chance to do just that.”