Six people have applied for three open positions on the Oconee County Animal Services Advisory Board and will have a chance tomorrow (Tuesday) night to make their case for appointment.
The Board of Commissioners will consider appointments to the Animal Services Board as well as to three other citizen bodies, the Family and Children Services Board, the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission, and the Oconee County Library Board.
The Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission has three openings, but it, too, attracted only a single applicant.
The Library Board attracted only a single applicant for the one open slot.
The agenda-setting meeting of the Board of Commissioners begins at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse in Watkinsville.
Controversy On Board
The Animal Services Advisory Board, formerly known as the Animal Control Advisory Board, has had a rocky relationship with the Animal Services Department, which was formerly known as the Animal Control Department.
The Board has offered less than full support for the animal adoption program run by the Animal Shelter and for efforts by Animal Services Department Director Catlyn Vickers to push for an upgrade to the Animal Shelter itself.
Board Chair Tom Beacon has not applied for reappointment when his term ends on June 30, according to county records released this morning.
Former Board Chair Susan Scheff Wells also is not seeking reappointment.
Claire Hamilton, who has been particularly outspoken in her disagreements with the Animal Shelter staff, has applied for reappointment.
Kimberly Keegan, who has served as coordinator of the foster program run by the Animal Services Department, has applied for appointment to the Animal Services Advisory Board.
Keegan was one of 10 applicants for two openings on the Board at this time last year.
Other applicants are W. Mark Dawson, an animal facilities supervisor at the University of Georgia, Craig Greene, a veterinarian, Audrey Ann Haynes, a teacher, and Walter Rhyne, who lists his occupation as sales on the application form.
Rosemarie Newman, who works in health services, is the sole applicant for the Family and Child Services Board. She currently serves on that body.
Mary Mellein, who is retired, is the sole applicant for the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission. She has served on the Commission in the past.
Laura French, an attorney, is the sole applicant for the Library Board.