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Stark fires dog warden

By jim Published: January 29, 2010

By Nancy Molnar
Special to the Beacon Journal

CANTON: Stark County commissioners fired the dog warden Wednesday, apparently for shortcomings in management.

''We are going in a different direction,'' Commissioner Todd Bosley said after the board unanimously agreed to fire Evert Gibson, who had been dog warden since 2004.

Bosley said commissioners will conduct a nationwide search for a replacement. He said they are looking for someone with a degree in animal care, possibly in shelter management.

He said the ideal candidate will ''really care about animals.''

He declined to give the reason for the firing, but acknowledged that management issues were the cause.

Commissioners named deputy dog warden Kevin Fox, an employee for 13 years, as interim dog warden for $20 an hour.

Several citizens spoke for and against Gibson at the commissioners' meeting. Most gave him credit for increasing adoption rates and allowing volunteers to help with the dogs.

The board also selected three projects as possibilities for issuing bonds through the federal economic stimulus plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A total of $8.9 million would help pay for construction of medical offices in Jackson Township, to be developed by Signet Healthcare Jackson LLC.

The two private projects that could be funded by bond sales are an agricultural exposition center at the Stark County Fairgrounds, $7.5 million, and redevelopment of the Hercules Motors property, $3.5 million. Both locations are in Canton.

In other business, commissioners approved Alliance's annexation of 51.3 acres from Lexington Township along the north side of Main Street.

CANTON: Stark County commissioners fired the dog warden Wednesday, apparently for shortcomings in management.

''We are going in a different direction,'' Commissioner Todd Bosley said after the board unanimously agreed to fire Evert Gibson, who had been dog warden since 2004.

Bosley said commissioners will conduct a nationwide search for a replacement. He said they are looking for someone with a degree in animal care, possibly in shelter management.

He said the ideal candidate will ''really care about animals.''

He declined to give the reason for the firing, but acknowledged that management issues were the cause.

Commissioners named deputy dog warden Kevin Fox, an employee for 13 years, as interim dog warden for $20 an hour.

Several citizens spoke for and against Gibson at the commissioners' meeting. Most gave him credit for increasing adoption rates and allowing volunteers to help with the dogs.

The board also selected three projects as possibilities for issuing bonds through the federal economic stimulus plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A total of $8.9 million would help pay for construction of medical offices in Jackson Township, to be developed by Signet Healthcare Jackson LLC.

The two private projects that could be funded by bond sales are an agricultural exposition center at the Stark County Fairgrounds, $7.5 million, and redevelopment of the Hercules Motors property, $3.5 million. Both locations are in Canton.

In other business, commissioners approved Alliance's annexation of 51.3 acres from Lexington Township along the north side of Main Street.

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