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Pettrey named Animal Control director
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Kim Pettrey has been appointed director of Warren County Animal Control. Pettrey officially became the director Wednesday.
Members of the county’s Health and Welfare Committee met and committee chair Sally Brock announced Pettrey will be offered the director’s position and Frank Locke will be offered the second-in-command position which will now be a full-time position.
“They should make an excellent team,” said Brock. “All background checks that have come in have been outstanding. We have all of Kim’s back, but John (County Executive Pelham) is waiting on one more for Frank. The ones he has so far on Frank are very good so we don’t anticipate the last one to be any different.”
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 at the facility. Locke’s past experience includes over five years working at Animal Control in Denton, 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. He is a pastor who moved to McMinnville to start a Cowboy Church.
“I am looking forward to it,” said Locke. “The best job I ever had in my life was working for Animal Control in Denton County, Texas. Kim has earned the right to be called director. It is a big job taking care of the shelter. She has been doing that for a while. I’m not real anxious for a title. I just want a job. I think this will be a good opportunity for me to get out and meet people in the county.” 
Pelham checked and found enough money was left in the budget to fund two full-time positions due to the fact Pettrey had been working at the facility by herself for almost six months. Pettrey has been running Animal Control since July when former director Tammy Webb was put on administrative leave and subsequently fired after marijuana was found growing on Animal Control property.
Pettrey has over 10 years experience working with wildlife in Florida prior to working at Animal Control. The committee members have said they will need to ask for more money next year in order to be able to continue funding two full-time positions.