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County fires Animal Control director
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Kim Pettrey was fired as Animal Control director on Monday.

Kim Pettrey’s employment with county government came to an end Monday after almost seven years as director of Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center.

Pettrey was on medical leave for several weeks and was slated to return to work Monday, April 29. Instead, she was relieved of her position by County Executive Jimmy Haley after failing to complete a list of performance objectives Haley had requested.

“Apparently, I’m insubordinate,” said Pettrey. “He said I didn’t complete his goals and objectives for the department so he terminated me for being insubordinate. We’ve been short staffed. They took away the inmates who were helping clean the facility and I’ve been on medical leave. It feels like he just wanted me gone and he got what he wanted.” 

Haley, as county executive, has authority to hire and fire department directors. 

“The county is seeking new leadership at our center in order to refresh, remarket, and rebuild operations,” said Haley, when asked for comment. “Our goals continue to be stabilizing the center and continuing improvements necessary to keep us compliant with the state of Tennessee while focusing on controlling animal populations and educating Warren County residents about the importance of having pets spayed/ neutered and vaccinated.” 

Pettrey was named director in late 2012, replacing Tammy Webb, and has been with the department since May of that year. 

“I want to tell everyone it has been great working with them,” said Pettrey. 

Commissioner Blaine Wilcher is Health and Welfare Committee chairman. That committee oversees Animal Control.

“I regret that this had to happen,” said Wilcher. “I have worked with Kim for several years. She always put her heart into taking care of the unwanted animals of Warren County. Kim has been a vital part of the improvements in our services and our image. Kim has been a big part of our increase in adoptions, donations and volunteer program. The last year has been a difficult one with manpower issues and changes. I hope the public is understanding, while we try to replace Kim and get back to full staffing.”

No date was given for posting the open position.