BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville Animal Control’s longtime deputy animal control officer has been promoted to director of animal control.

Kerry Courtemanche was named to the position this week, replacing Animal Control Officer Ronald Woods, who retired in July after 33 years in the role.

Courtemanche, a North Smithfield native, was hired as deputy ACO in 2004. She is one of only two full-time employees at the recently renovated Clear River Drive facility, which operates under the umbrella of the Burrillville Police Department.

The town’s new ACO is certified by the American Animal Cruelty Investigations School in canine and feline CPR and investigative body condition scoring. She received a commendation for her work from the town in 2008.

Courtemanche has twice been nominated for Handsome Dan’s Shelter Worker of the Year award, winning the honor last April.

In announcing the promotion this week, the shelter noted, “She has been our Deputy ACO for over 16 years and is fully prepared to continue moving the department forward. ACO Courtemanche and AACO Bourquin are happy to serve the people and animals of Burrillville.”

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