|Supervision of dog warden to change hands|
|Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY ED GEBERT
Times bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Commissioners will changed the oversight of the Van Wert County Dog Warden Thursday. Dog Warden Rich Strunkenburg will then be dispatched and supervised by the Van Wert County sheriff.
“This will give the people of the county better service and provide better accountability for the dog warden,” Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger said.
Collaboration between the commissioners, the sheriff and the Van Wert County Humane Society has led to the new oversight plan. The goal of each plan was to enhance the service to the public.
Calls to the old phone number for the dog warden will automatically be forwarded to the sheriff’s office. Strunkenburg will be dispatched by the sheriff’s office. That office will also oversee the dog warden in his duties and will also handle the day-to-day assignments, performance evaluations, and administration of benefits and vacation time. Meanwhile the commissioners will continue to have the appointing authority over the office.
Complaints have been made in the past of difficulty reaching the dog warden in emergency situations. With the sheriff’s office dispatching the animal calls, there will be record-keeping by a third party to log and address any complaints that may occur.
The new number for the dog warden when any services are needed will be 419-238-3866.
Lichtensteiger advised that any questions or concerns about the new system would be addressed by calling either the Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or the commissioners’ office at 419-238-6159.