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Animal control without a director

Animal control without a director
Animal control without a director
Commissioner George Ethridge, with the help of Harrison County Animal Control facility staff, loads cats in his truck to be taken to Smith Animal Clinic to be prepared for adoption. Photo by Ross Schulz

The Harrison County Animal Control facility is open and operational, although it currently has no director.
It also has temporarily stopped receiving animals because the facility is at full capacity.
Former director Bruce LaHue resigned last Monday, and part-time animal control officer Matt Miller was named interim director. However, Miller resigned Friday morning after interviewing for the position.
The Harrison County Board of Commissioners said compensation was the issue with Miller’s resignation and removal from consideration for the position.
LaHue, who was hired as the facility’s second officer in 2007 after its initial officer, Mike Gentry, was unable to fulfill his duties following a vehicle crash, resigned citing ‘philosophical differences’ with the commissioners concerning animal control.
The commissioners have posted or will soon post three positions with animal control: the director ($14 to $16 per hour), part-time position (approximately $13 an hour) and a kennel technician ($8 to $9 an hour).
On Monday afternoon, Commissioner George Ethridge delivered multiple cats to Dr. Sharon H. Christie at Smith Animal Clinic to prepare them for adoption.
Christie also was scheduled to euthanize animals unfit for adoption yesterday (Tuesday) at the facility, Ethridge said.
The commissioners, during a special meeting Monday morning, thanked Christie for her continued work with the county, honoring an agreement made with LaHue. They also were grateful LaHue came in to take inventory of animal medication at the facility.
For more information about animal control or to donate items or volunteer, call 812-738-8163.
The shelter is always in need of towels/blankets, unopened dog/cat treats, dog/cat toys and basic cleaning supplies (bleach, sponges, air fresheners, etc.).
On Monday, the board also accepted the resignation of Harrison County Highway Dept. garage foreman Alvin Greer; and, during another special meeting Friday, accepted the verbal resignation of Donnie Bolen, a long-time truck driver with the department.
All resignations were accepted with a 3-0 vote except Bolen’s, which was accepted 2-1 with Commissioner Jim Klinstiver against. Klinstiver said he wanted to talk to Bolen before he accepted his resignation.
Commissioner Kenny Saulman said Bolen was a good worker and it was a shame to see him go.
The board completed interviews and plans to hire a maintenance technician at its next meeting, which will be Monday morning at 8:30 at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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