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Humane Society not commenting on Miller's departure

November 14, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
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MAUGANSVILLE — Paul Miller is no longer the executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, according to Katherine Cooker, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Cooker said Wednesday morning that Miller left the position on Tuesday.

Shannon Cianelli, the president of the agency’s board of directors, gave a prepared statement on Wednesday: “Paul Miller is no longer serving as the executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. We thank him for his years of service to the society and on behalf of the animals and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

“All of our staff and the board of directors of the Humane Society of Washington County are committed to continuing our mission of providing the best care to the animals entrusted to us and we hope that you will continue to support us in that mission.”

Cianelli said the humane society would not comment further on Miller’s departure.

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Reached late Wednesday afternoon, Miller said he couldn’t comment either.

The humane society hired Miller in 2003. He replaced Maria Procopio.

He previously spent almost five years as the manager of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Animal Services.

During an interview when he took the Washington County job, Miller, who lived in Hagerstown as a child, said he wanted to return to the area, where family members still lived.

During Miller’s time as executive director, some of the higher profile cases the humane society has handled include the rescue of dozens of horses from a Sharpsburg farm in 2006 and more than 30 cows from a Williamsport farm in 2007.

Around the time he started as executive director, Miller, an expert in investigating dog fighting, spoke out against breed-specific legislation when Hagerstown was considering an ordinance directed at pit bulls and their owners.

Miller is the chairman of a task force that has been examining the operations of the suspended Fairplay Volunteer Fire Company.

According to a publicly available federal tax form that the humane society, a nonprofit organization, filed for 2009, Miller was paid $77,019 for an average of 50 hours of work per week.

Cianelli said the board of directors has begun a search for a new executive director.

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