County Commission approves filling vacant animal control hours

St. Joseph County commissioners have approved a request to fill vacant hours in the Animal Control Department.

Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the department recently had a support assistant resign, leaving a void of 29 hours a week.

Lillywhite asked if 11 of those 29 hours could be reassigned to another part-time assistant position, which would make it a full-time job. In addition, Lillywhite proposed an additional 10 of the 29 hours be used to fill a Kennel Support staff position for weekend work.

He added that with some sheriff’s department positions not filled, the $18,000 incurred as a result of his plan would be negated and the proposals would not incur any additional expense to the county.

Board chairman Dennis Allen commended Lillywhite for developing such a creative plan. Commissioners approved both requests.

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