Calvert is ready to hire shelter manager

Calvert County Commissioner with Rick Bailey of Marrick Properties plus an unidentified dog

The Calvert County Commissioners with Marrick Properties' Rick Bailey at the 2016 announcement of plans to build an animal shelter in Calvert County.

Prince Frederick, MD - With a new animal shelter in the works Calvert County officials are trying to get ahead of the curve by hiring someone to manage the facility well before the opening. At its March 21 meeting the Calvert County Commissioners voted unanimously to create a new position—Animal Shelter Division chief. The board approved the transfer of salary savings in the Calvert Emergency Communications budget. The county government’s Office of Personnel has recommended an annual salary of between just over $66,500 to just over $98,700 for the new division chief. The new hire’s full salary is to be added to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget.

In 2016, the Calvert County Commissioners decided that after nearly 60 years the county needed to end its participation in the Tri-County Animal Shelter. Factors in the decision included the region’s rising population, the problematic condition of the Hughesville shelter and autonomy. Driving the commissioners’ decision was a presentation made in December 2015 by Calvert County members of the Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory Board. That group recommended the county build and operation its own facility, which would be “rebranded” as an animal care and adoption center.

The decision to opt out of the Tri-County Animal Shelter was made easier when officials from Marrick Properties came forward and agreed to build the shelter on a commercial tract located on Route 231 in Prince Frederick. Marrick will lease the building to the county.

“I think it’s extremely smart to do this now,” said Commissioner Mike Hart [R - District 1]. “This position [Animal Shelter Division chief] is going to be so unique. The skill set for this is going to be something that we may not have in-house. This person is going to be on the ground floor watching it develop.”

“It’s going to be quite a high bar set for this person,” Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr. [R - District 1].

In researching the criteria for the shelter division chief, Department of Public Safety Director Jaqueline Vaughan she studies other agencies that ran animal shelters.

Read previous stories about Calvert's planned animal shelter by clicking these links.

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