Farmington, UT- After an extensive search, Davis County is proud to announce the hiring of Rhett Nicks to lead the county's efforts in animal control as Director of the Davis County Animal Care and Control department. Since being hired, Nicks has been very involved with the current legislative session, having testified several times regarding a number of bills.
Nicks comes to Utah from his previous position as director at Pocatello Animal Services. He has been involved with animals for decades, having begun as a shelter volunteer in St. Louis Missouri. His first assignment as a volunteer was to walk the dogs. He was later offered a job to clean kennels at night, which began his career in animal care and services. While living in Missouri, Nicks worked for St. Louis Missouri Humane Society, Animal Protective Services, Animal Services and Stray Rescue.
Nicks love of animals is best noticed in his own dogs or when he’s walking around the shelter saying “hello” to new arrivals. He and his wife Jennifer live with their three rescued dogs. Phineas, a three-legged mastiff, has lived with the couple for a year. Gooch, a pit-mix was rescued by Nicks when he worked as a shelter cleaner. And Dino, another pit-mix, was also rescued and happens to be blind.
Nicks has a BS/BA in finance and management and a BS in accounting with a minor in economics, all from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He is also a certified arborist.
Nicks goal, when working for any shelter, is to euthanize as few animals as possible. He works hard on a no-kill status and plans to continue programs that help increase live release rates for Davis County. Nicks is planning several community events to help promote the shelter and it’s many amazing programs.
Davis County provides animal care and control support for ALL cities in Davis County on a contract basis. It is a responsibility that it takes very seriously, and Nicks will carry on the tradition of caring service to the entire county.