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Animal-control officer named in Johnstown

June 28, 2011
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Gloversville Animal Control Officer Kelly Warner was appointed by Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland to fill the full-time position left vacant by former longtime Johnstown ACO William Wock, who recently died.

Slingerland today said she made a mayoral appointment of Warner, effective July 11, at an annual salary of about $35,000 per year. The appointment doesn't require Common Council approval.

"She was trained by Bill Wock," the mayor said of Warner. "I think that speaks for itself. We're confident she will be what we need."

The 56-year-old Wock - who operated out of the Johnstown Police Department - died May 26 after 27 years as Johnstown's animal control officer.

Slingerland said Warner, who was working full time as Gloversville's ACO, applied for the Johnstown position and was not recruited. She said three or four people showed an interest in the position. She said the city reviewed its James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society contract and ACO Civil Service requirements before hiring Warner.

She said Warner, who is leaving her Gloversville post, will work under the direct supervision of the Johnstown Police Department.

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