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Animal Shelter Director Jon Thomas dismissed by Commissioners

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners has terminated Jon Thomas from his role as Director of the Countyís Animal Shelter.

Commissioner Laura 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.

Thomas, who 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 Shelter.

Blaney said 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.


Posted 4/22/2015




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