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Saginaw Co. Commission unanimously votes to fire animal control director

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (05/28/14) - The Saginaw County Board of Commissioners decided to fire the head of animal control, Kevin Wilken.

This comes after a state investigation that found a number of violations, including not waiting the mandated four days before putting animals down.

Wilken requested that they have this discussion behind closed doors. He and the commission were in closed session for two and a half hours.When they came back from closed session, they unanimously voted to fire Wilken, who had been on paid leave until Wednesday's decision.

"It's never a pleasant thing to terminate a person's employment, he has a family, but we did what we thought was best for the people of Saginaw County," said Board of Commissioners Chair Mike Hanley.

Hanley said that Wilken received approximately $24,000 in paid leave.

The report by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development points to several violations, including an animal's death due to problems with its cage, inadequate storage of food and more than 80 cases where the shelter killed an animal before the state-mandated four-day holding period.

"The information was overwhelming and we just had to move on," said Commissioner Jim Theisen.

Wilken didn't want to comment after the board's decision. The county is facing $16,550 in fines, but that could be reduced to about $10,000 if they can show the state that they are correcting these violations.

Elaine Thompson is filling in as the interim animal control director until the county chooses a permanent replacement.

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