Animal Welfare Committee

Members County or City Appointee
Appointed Term Expires
Tim Watkins Chair Nov. 9 2017 Dec. 30, 2019
Linda Humphrey Vice-Chair Nov. 9, 2017 Dec. 30, 2019
Cindy Marshall Jackson County    
Jack Cardwell City of Independence    
Vacant  Jackson County    


The committee is charged with, among other things:

  • Promoting spay and neuter programs for household pets
  • Supporting educational programs that promote the welfare and safety of animals
  • Hearing complaints regarding abuse or cruelty to animals, when in the committee's opinion, such complaints have not been satisfactorily address by any applicable enforcement or animal welfare agency
  • Investigating charges of unethical treatment of animals.


  • Jackson County and the City of Independence form the committee.
  • The committee is comprised of five members serving two-year terms.
  • The Jackson County Executive appoints three members and Independence Mayor two members.