POMEROY — The Meigs County Board of Commissioners announced Thursday the approval of a new Meigs County dog warden.
Coleen MurphySmith is set to begin the job Feb. 15. While not present at the meeting, MurphySmith said she’s excited to help all residents of Meigs County, whether they be human or canine.
“I’m just really excited and so happy to be chosen for this because think this is going to be an awesome thing for Meigs County. I’m just anxious to get in there and get started and do everything we can for dogs and people of Meigs County,” she said.
All three of the commissioners voiced their confidence in MurphySmith for the position.
“We found someone we’d like to give a try and (for whom) we have high expectations,” Commissioner Tim Ihle said.
The trio also announced that Dee Cummins, who was formerly the part-time assistant dog warden, will now handle the task of full time assistant dog warden.
“She’s been a fantastic asset to the shelter and we look forward to having her work there full time,” Commissioner Randy Smith said.
Commissioner Mike Bartrum echoed Smith’s sentiments.
“She’s done a great job with some difficult situations,” he said.
Cummins could not be reached for comment by press time.
The commissioners also approved a resolution brought by Betsy Entsminger, who’s with Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. The resolution states that the commissioners support and are partners with Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, and that May 21 will serve as a county-wide Litter Control/Tire Amnesty Day.
The trio also OK’d the disposal of assets EMS-911 equipment sale resolution, which allows both the group to sell about $2,500 worth of power tools, sockets, screwdrivers and wrenches that are no longer needed.
Also approved was a request from Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Williams, who asked for half of the 2016 furtherance of justice allocation. When rounded, the approved allocation is $12,500. The Meigs County Historical Society also requested an appropriation of half their county funds for 2016, which is $10,000 total.
The next Meigs County Commissioners meeting will be 11 a.m. Jan. 28.