Brunswick County has a new animal services director.
David Swain, 43, began his duties Monday at the county animal services headquarters and shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211).
Swain takes over from interim director Dennis Harpster, who has been filling in after former director Richard Cooper resigned abruptly in September after 12 years with the department.
Swain is originally from Moore County. He has four-and-a-half years experience in law enforcement and three years in animal control, he said.
Most recently, he has been working in construction.