Several apply for new shelter director
HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Control Shelter has received numerous applicants for its vacant directorship, a county official said.
Wednesday marked the deadline for the submission of applications, and Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum, who is the administrative overseer of the shelter, said there has been a lot of interest from a wide spectrum of potential candidates.
The three-member board of directors for the shelter, which voted to fire director Jim Cumm earlier this month, is next scheduled to meet Aug. 21.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, a member of the board, said the board might schedule a special meeting before then.
"I know we want to fill that position quickly, and if there are a lot of applicants we'll want to parse those down as soon as we can," he said.
Cumm had been director of the shelter since 2012, after the previous director had been fired because of financial mismanagement that led to criminal charges.
No specific reason was given for Cumm's dismissal, with board members and Tatum simply saying they wanted to move in a different direction.
Tatum said that Cumm's dismissal was not related to any issues of legality as it pertained to the shelter's finances or operation.
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