EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSHELTER SHAKEUP
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Four Fired From Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Chris Mazivanhanga
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jan. 12, 2012 5:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012 6:46 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
There was a major shakeup at the Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter when four employees were let go. That includes longtime director Anita Asbury.
Cabell County manager Chris Tatum tells Eyewitness News, "Upon looking into their polices, procedures, personnel matters, bookkeeping practices, the board of directors took reports from the current director of the animal shelter and from their respective staffs, and they decided they would end the current employment relationship between the current animal control director and the animal control board."
The board also made the decision to fire someone from accounts payable, and cut two positions for a receptionist and another worker at the shelter.
Board duties are shared by the presidents of the Cabell and Wayne County commissions, and Huntington mayor Kim Wolfe. Each entity rotates day to day reporting between governing bodies. This year, Cabell County is in charge.
Tatum tells us they just felt like the shelter wasn't headed in the right direction. He says, "I think there are some questions with some personnel practices and the manner in which the shelter was run and the board of directors felt like the direction to go was to find someone that they found confident that could delegate responsibility that could properly run the shelter in terms of managing employees, managing the inventory of the shelter managing the cash flow of the shelter and just overseeing the day to day operations."
He says by cleaning house with personnel, they hope to make positive changes that are best for the whole organization. "What the board wants to do is instill trust within the animal control shelter. Make sure people know the animal shelter is operating in a manner to actively seek out and find adoptive families for the animals that they house. Their aim is to handle animal control problems within the county, and they think that would be best served by someone else running the organization."
There are no further details being released at this point, but of course Eyewitness News will continue to follow this developing story.
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