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Animal Shelter job description updated

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter director job description and qualifications have been updated for the 21st century.

County officials decided to revise the qualifications after the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors received criticism for recently trying to fill the post based on a description that was decades old.

Additionally, the issue was forced when the recent nominee for the post was rejected.

A copy of the updated job description and qualifications are below.

After the board rejected their initial nominee, Susan M. Gibson, a former officer and board member of the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, wrote in a letter to the Editor, "The board has the opportunity to undertake a badly needed, new and thorough job review and hiring process."

"First, it came to light that a vague and inadequate, 30-year-old job description was used despite dramatic changes that have occurred in the fields of animal care and sheltering, as well as public attitudes about companion animals and their stewardship, protection, and humane treatment," she wrote. "Also, the county animal shelter itself is a newly built, state-of-the-art facility."

A full story on the new job description by Stephen Williams is available HERE.

The new job description requires candidates have a bachelor’s degree and four years of specific experience or an associate degree and six years of experience. In both cases, a candidate must have supervisory experience.

The nomination of rejected nominee Christina Abele was criticized because her experience consisting of volunteer work at the shelter.

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