Wyatt lost some time from work after being injured, and now that he’s back, he gets help from a trusty from the county jail when managing the animals requires strength.
Anticipating that Wyatt may need more time away from the job, the commissioners debated the merits of hiring another officer, but balked at the likely cost of around $70,000 and the prospect that another officer would do most of his work in the cities of St. Clair, not in the unincorporated areas of the county.
County property manager Harold Hoyle recommended a casual employee, someone who could be called in as needed, and the commissioners liked the idea.
Said Commissioner Paul Manning, “We’ve done a great job, I feel like. The program’s worked very well. Yes, I think we need someone who can be called in.”
Good work, commissioners. You’ve protected the job of a valued employee, saved the county a chunk of money, and guaranteed the continuation of animal control.