MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners have hired a new dog warden to run the Knox County Animal Shelter, Commissioner Roger Reed announced Thursday afternoon.
The new warden is Scott C. Smith, 51, of Fredericktown. He will start work Monday at a salary of $35,000.
A 1979 graduate of Fredericktown High School, he earned a degree in communications and public relations from Otterbein College.
He was employed for 25 years at Title First Agency at Newark. He has been secretary of the Fredericktown Parks and Recreation District for 14 years, spent 12 years as president of the Fredericktown Youth Baseball League and was a member of the Fredericktown Bicentennial Committee.
“We were looking for a person with management skills,” Reed said, “and Smith fit the qualifications we were looking for. We need to get him training for the animal control part of the job.”
Smith replaces Jim St. Clair, who was relieved of the management side of the animal control operation, including supervising the volunteers who help with the Animal Shelter operation. He remains at the shelter as an animal control officer.
Smith said he will need to learn the laws and duties of a dog warden, but he is confident in his abilities to handle the administration duties.
“I’ve been in administration all my career and all my employment has involved working with the public. I enjoy working with the public,” he said, and added that he sees the job as an opportunity to make a difference in the county sector.
His first stop after learning he was hired was to stop at the shelter, where he received a tour of the facility and got to meet some of the staff and volunteers.
He’s especially looking forward to meeting with the volunteers and getting their input.
“The volunteers are a critical part of the success of the shelter,” he said.
He has been especially impressed by the work of the volunteers in getting dogs adopted.
Smith and his wife do not own a dog at this time. He said he always had a dog while growing up, but hasn’t since living in town.
However, he said they seem to be baby-sitting his son’s Great Dane puppy quite a bit.
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