Here we go again. For the third time in less than a year, Warren County Animal Control is looking for a person to work at the facility part-time.
Frank Locke was hired only last month to fill a position vacated by director Kim Pettrey who was promoted to director when Tammy Webb left prior to being arrested for the manufacture, sale and delivery of marijuana that had been found growing on Animal Control property.
Locke submitted his letter of resignation Dec. 6. In the letter, Locke said, “I deeply regret that I must notify you that my relocating back to Texas has become urgent. I must vacate my house by Dec. 15. I had hoped to stay and be part of this growing department, but other circumstances dictate that I must leave sooner than expected. I would like to work through Dec. 13 if possible.”
Locke was unable to work until the 13th because he became ill, according to County Executive John Pelham. Locke’s last day was Saturday, Dec. 8.
Locke had moved to McMinnville to start a cowboy church and had previously worked in Animal Control while living in Denton, Texas.
At the time Locke interviewed, the second position at Animal Control was a part-time position. Health and Welfare Committee members were very impressed with his résumé and discussed if it was feasible to have two-full time employees.
Locke’s past experience included over five years working at Animal Control in Texas with some of that time as Animal Control director. Locke also has experience as a sheriff’s deputy and as a deputy fire marshal and arson investigator.
“I deeply regret that Frank wasn’t able to stay. He said he needed to get back to Texas and then he got sick so he had to leave earlier than expected. I know this is hard on Kim. She can handle it, though. We will try to interview for this position as soon as possible,“ said Pelham.
Pelham said the position available will be considered part-time. “Part-time is anything between 20 and 38 hours. It will probably be on an as-needed basis. We will have to get the new person in there and Kim will have to see how many hours he or she will be needed,” said Pelham.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid Tennessee Driver License, have experience working with animals, be physically able to lift at least 100 pounds, possess excellent people and communication skills, have basic computer skills, and live near the facility to ensure prompt response in emergency situations.
Anyone interested may apply at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development office, 107 Lyon Street, until noon on Friday, Dec. 21.