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Published: Tuesday, 3/23/2010

Lucas County Commissioners 1 step closer to hiring dog warden

Lucas County Commissioners stepped closer Tuesday morning to hiring a new dog warden.

By unanimous vote, the three commissioners asked County Administrator Peter Ujvagi to enter contract negotiations with Julie Lyle, of Ishpeming, Mich., the finalist for the post vacated this year by former warden Tom Skeldon.

A vote to approve the contract and hire Ms. Lyle could happen within weeks. The proposed salary for the position is $57,680 to $72,100.

Ms. Lyle, who owns a dog training facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and also works in child day care, met with commissioners Monday and sat for final-round interviews.

“I witnessed many strengths and I was excited to meet her,” commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak said Tuesday. “She seems very passionate about our community and our dog warden [department.]”

Commissioner Ben Konop said he believes Ms. Lyle is right for the job and was glad to see his colleagues on the board support her too.

“We're moving forward with a sense of urgency, which I feel is warranted,” Mr. Konop said after the vote. “This is definitely a department that needs change and it needs new ideas.

Former Pound Manager Bonnie Mitchell currently serves as Acting Dog Warden. She did not apply for the permanent position.

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