TWG sent the following to the County Manager for answers
to the questions raised concerning the request for more
personnel. The only answer that was given was that the truck
was parked at the VFD because the Animal Control officer
and the Code Enforcement officer were out of town at a training
CONTROL CONTINUES TO ASK FOR PART TIME HELP
the Agenda for the 8/7/06 meeting the BOC will consider
hiring part time help for the Animal Control “department”
for the 3rd time. It is considered to be “NEW Business”
on the Agenda.
Human Resources / Personnel
Control – To hire part-time staff for animal control shelter
TWG has questioned the BOC every time this issue has been
brought up. Why is there a need for more help?
Comm. Pennamon has continued to ask how we went from having
an Animal Control officer to having a full-fledged department.
Comm. Bernard has stated each time it was brought up that
the county employees can do “multi-tasking” and there is
no need for more employees. Comm. Johnson has asked each
time if the money has been budgeted with the answer being
“No!” every time.
prison work force, that the county pays on a monthly
basis, is now working at the Animal Control Shelter every
Monday – Thursday morning according to the County Manager
at the last BOC meeting this was discussed (7/10/06). This
help relieves the Animal Control officer from cleaning pens
and feeding the animals. What does she do during
this extra time?
Code Enforcement officer, who also is seen with the Animal
Control officer on a regular basis, always comes before
the BOC with the need for a part time person. According
to his statements and reiterated by the County Manager,
the Animal Control officer is working 10-12 hours of overtime
TWG has these questions. Why does the Code
Enforcement officer respond to the same calls the Animal
Control officer responds to on a regular basis? (Not every
call, but many of the calls.) Why does the Animal Control
officer have time to ride around with the Building Inspector?
What is the reason for all the overtime the
Animal Control officer works? Who supervises the Animal
Control officer and verifies her overtime hours? Why
does the Code Enforcement officer have cages on the back
of his truck and take his truck home each and every day?
How many calls a day does the Animal Control officer answer?
From statements made during the BOC meeting on the kennel
issue, people talked about the Animal Control officer not
responding to complaints, so how could she run a kennel
too? What are the answers? We don’t
have them and the County Manager hasn’t given these answers
to the BOC or to the public.
7/26/06, the Animal Control truck sat parked behind the
dumpster at the Jackson Lake VFD from 12:45pm to 3:45 pm.
Why? Was the truck broken down or was the officer
taking a break? How long after 3:45pm the truck was there,
we don’t know.
are many questions that need to be answered before the county
hires more personnel. We have more than enough
people doing very little during their 8-hour workday. Some
employees seem to have so little to do that they can take
off 2 or 3 days at a time without having to worry about
catching up on their work.
Bernard continues to talk about multi-tasking, people that
can do more than one particular job, etc., but
nothing is ever done to make it happen. As he says, “Everyone
doesn’t need to be working in their own little silo.”
True, but when is something going to be done about it?
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