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Animal Welfare Board approves hiring of new director

By Curtis Carden
Sports Writer

The Unicoi County Animal Welfare Board met on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as they prepare for a new era at the Unicoi County Animal Shelter in Erwin.

With the resignation of shelter director Jessica Rogers going into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the shelter will be led by newly hired director, Jessica Carter, who is set to hit the ground running, according to board chairwoman Joann Tatro.

“She has great ideas,” Tatro said during Tuesday’s meeting.

Tatro also said the new director will be putting a plan together to help address needs at the shelter and asked for the support of the entire board during the transition. Different ideas to assist that were passed around included the organization of different events.

During a special called meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29, the board voted unanimously to implement Carter as the new director following a motion from Phil Hensley that was seconded by Johnny Lynch.

Rogers gave her 30-day notice to the board during the regularly scheduled board meeting that was held the third week of October.

Other items addressed during the meeting were revisiting the standing committees, which include the executive budget, building, by-laws and publicity committees.

The board also chose officers for 2016. Tatro was renominated as chairwoman while Hensley is set to serve as the co-chair of the board. Linda Mathes will serve as the treasurer and Chris Oetjen will continue duties as the recording secretary.

All members of the board were present during the meeting.