At the community forum Tuesday afternoon, the resignation of was announced to the suprise of those in attendance.
Community members expressed both shock and dismay at the announcement.
Pelleriti has served as animal control officer in Healdsburg for four and a half years.
, introduced the resignation as a "piece of very bad news," for the organization.
"It's come as a shock," he continued. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for him and his family."
Pelleriti has accepted a position with Mendocino County which offers him a financial opportunity that could not be matched by the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
"We're very upset," said Anderson. "The leadership he's shown...to move things forward.
"He's going to be very, very, very missed," he said. "But we so sincerely wish him well."
Pelleriti issued a press release that read in part, "As hard as it is to part ways with a department that we have worked so hard to establish and maintain, I can't help but look back and be thankful for the ongoing support I have received from this community.
"[The] Healdsburg Police Department and the wonderful people working for the City of Healdsburg," the release continued. "the relationships we have built together are something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
"...my sincerest thanks go to the staff and volunteers that have been affiliated with the Healdsburg Animal Shelter...have made a positive impact on my life and played a significant role in my personal and professional growth.
"Thank you Healdsburg and I wish the Healdsburg Animal Shelter nothing but the best moving forward," the press release ended.
Pelleriti's last day on the job in Healdsburg is scheduled to be July 17.