News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – A decision to divide the dog warden’s role also roused some protest during Wednesday’s Harrison County Commission meeting.
Commissioners previously announced their intent to eliminate one full-time post in favor of two part-time positions at the county dog pound as a means of eliminating stress and improving time management. This past week, leaders announced that former Tappan Lake Park Superintendent John Birney and Jeff Campbell were tapped to take the two new roles, but that did not bode well with supporters of outgoing Dog Warden Tina Dewalt.
“We changed the dog warden’s position from full-time to two part-time positions to take off a little bit of the stress and better serve the public,” said Commission Chairman Don Bethel. “We had at least 22 applications from some very, very quality people.”
Dewalt did not attend the meeting; however, three supporters including former assistant dog warden Sandy Manbeck and Dewalt’s mother, Marge Mills, blasted the board for putting Dewalt out of work.
Bethel said he and Commissioner Host had met with Dewalt in the past but the move was simply to improve service. He said there were other issues he did not deem appropriate to discuss in public.

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