Marshall County's Animal Control Committee has selected one of nearly 80 applicants to be the new animal control officer in a two-man team with a Lewisburg employee to provide animal and rabies control in the county.
He is Jason Williams, a farmer and a carpenter who in recent years has also served as assistant administrator at the county jail. The Animal Control Committee met Thursday, Dec. 16, unanimously voted for Williams and decided to meet at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 to address whatever issues arise between now and then.
Williams' first day on the job is to be Jan. 4, according to discussion among members of the committee. He's to be paid $10.79 per hour.
Asked how he'd compare his new work to that at the jail, Williams replied it will be "a whole lot easier" dealing with dogs and other animals instead of inmates.
County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett is the direct supervisor for the animal control officer who succeeds David Allen who died this year. Williams' direct working partner will be Willard Cates, the Lewisburg employee who reports to Police Chief Chuck Forbis or his designee.
The county's Animal Control Committee had met frequently in recent months as the commissioners reviewed applications.
"We looked at all the applications," Commissioner Nathan Johnson said.
He and Commissioners John Richard Hill Jr. and John Christmas estimated they'd received 79-80 applications.
"The Career Center (located in the Columbia State Community College building on Ellington Parkway) picked out the top candidates," Johnson said of the initial separation of applicants who were qualified.