Wallingford animal control seeks approval for addition part-time staffer

Wallingford animal control seeks approval for addition part-time staffer

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WALLINGFORD — The Animal Control Department may gain a third part-time employee if the Town Council approves a request from the animal control officer next week.

Currently, the department has two full-time and two part-time employees.

Part-time employees are only allowed to work more than 20 hours a week for a maximum of 15 weeks in a calendar year, said Katie Ehlers, town animal control officer.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, she said, one part-time animal control employee has had to work more than 20 hours for 15 weeks this year to cover department needs while another person was out.

With the rest of the year to go, Ehlers consulted with James Hutt, human resources director, and Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. They suggested hiring another part time employee in an as-needed capacity to cover gaps in the schedule, she said.

The salary would be $12-15 pre hour, based on experience.

Job duties would include handling animal complaints, tending to sick and injured wildlife, cleaning kennels and cages and availability for after-hours emergency calls.

During her time as animal control officer, the department has always had two full-time and two part-time employees, Ehlers said.

The Town Council is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

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