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Humane Society sets hiring freeze

July 11, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Several positions at the Humane Society of Washington County will remain unfilled until the organization and the county work out funding issues.

Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller said Friday that the nonprofit group has put into place a hiring freeze, which means four open positions will remain vacant for now.

The vacant positions are in bookkeeping, maintenance, front office management and a post that involves working with animals as they're brought to the Humane Society.

Miller said he would like to create another animal control officer position, but that also has been put on hold while the freeze is in place. The Humane Society has three animal control officers.

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Earlier this year, the Humane Society asked the Washington County Commissioners for $1.3 million for fiscal year 2005, which began on July 1.

That would have been $789,380 more than what the county paid the Humane Society in fiscal year 2004.

Instead, the County Commissioners gave the organization $14,600, a 3 percent increase for fiscal year 2005. The commissioners, however, set aside $245,000 that might go to the Humane Society this fiscal year.

The commissioners first want to evaluate the organization's expenses before giving it the money.

The county pays the Humane Society to provide animal control services.

The Humane Society asked for the increase to offset the costs of handling more animals and other rising operating costs.

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