The Porter County
Board of Commissioners has terminated Jon Thomas from his role as Director
of the Countyís Animal Shelter.
Shurr Blaney, D-South, who has been working closely with shelter operations,
told the Chesterton Tribune she could not discuss why Thomas was
dismissed Friday because of the confidentiality of personnel issues.
Blaney said local
animal behavior specialist Toni Bianchi will be interim director for the
Shelter until the Commissioners appoint a new director. The Commissioners
will soon begin their search for candidates, she said.
Bianchi has been
acting as a consultant at the Shelter for a monthly rate of $3,000 which is
up in May, Blaney said.
previously worked 19 years in the insurance industry, was hired as interim
director in late 2011 after former director Kristina Montgomery resigned
after three months on the job. Thomas was made permanent director in March
2012 after receiving praise from his superiors for making major sanitary
improvements at the troubled shelter.
Last August, Thomas
was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated and disorderly
conduct after driving his vehicle through residentsí backyards in Washington
Twp. Thomas was placed on probation and allowed to come back to work at the
operations at the Shelter are running well under Bianchiís supervision. The
Commissioners have plans to build a new Animal Shelter on Ind. 49, north of
the County Expo Center.