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One worker needs a raise
- Lisa Hobbs
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Warren County Animal Control director Kim Pettrey asked the county to consider an increase in her salary from $10.75 an hour to $12 an hour. It was a more-than-reasonable request, in my opinion. I usually don’t make comments about other people’s salary. However, I think Pettrey will forgive me because I’m on her side. She should be asking for $15.
I Googled “thankless job” and what popped up was “If you work hard, and your efforts consistently go unnoticed or you never hear a thank you for your hard day’s work – you might have a thankless job. Thankless jobs become even more thankless when they are underpaid, disrespected, or overworked in hard conditions.”
That explanation of a thankless job, while it isn’t exclusive to, fits the employees at Warren County Animal Control like a glove. Working in animal control and caring for animals people have thrown away and/ or neglected is a tough, thankless job. Criticism is abundant and thank yous are few and far between.
I’ve never worked in animal control. I have, however, worked with Animal Control officials. Over the years, I’ve attempted to establish a working relationship with the facility’s directors. It has had three in that time. I’m sorry to say my attempts weren’t entirely successful with the first director. The second and third directors have shown marked improvements in public relations. That improvement is priceless to me, as well as the animals that have been saved through it.
Because I’m a regular visitor to the county’s Animal Control facility, I occasionally hear some of the headaches staff have to put up with on a regular basis. Once, I was present when an individual left a critical message about Animal Control officers’ lack of response to her need for them to pick up her animal. She was very critical, unnecessarily so.
The county can’t do much about tough aspects of the job. However, it could make sure the job isn’t “even more thankless” by reviewing the pay scale and adjusting it to match the toughness of the job. I can’t help but think $15 is fair. When the county hired employees for its Finance Department, the starting annual salary was $27,500. Those people sit at a comfy desk in an air conditioned office, never clean a messy pen, and start out at more than $13 an hour. That sounds a little off balance to me.
In an update to last week’s column, I have not found the spider that singlehandedly destroyed the sanctuary that is my bedroom. I wrote about it in my last column. Someday I will find it. I’ll know it’s him or her by the smirk on its face. I know I’m indulging in anthropomorphism, which is when human characteristics are given to inanimate objects, animals or natural phenomena. However, given that it has kept me from getting a good night’s sleep in almost two weeks, I’m going to treat myself to a little whimsy.  
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.