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Oregon Zoo management undergoes shakeup

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two high-ranking members of the Oregon Zoo's staff are no longer employed at the zoo.

The zoo sent out a release on Monday saying Director Kim Smith has been replaced by Teri Dresler, general manager of Metro visitor venues, on an interim basis.

Details about Smith's departure were not released.

"It is Metro's policy not to comment on personnel matters," the press release states.

Dresler worked for the Oregon Zoo from 1995 to 2005, and served as the zoo's deputy interim director in 2009 and 2010.

Lead veterinarian Mitch Finnegan is also no longer with the zoo. Existing veterinarian staff will continue providing care to the animals.

"In the coming weeks and months, the zoo and Metro leadership will engage stakeholders and the community in conversations about the zoo's vision, and seek their input on a search process for a new director," according to a statement from zoo executives.

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