Mayor announces firing of Hardin County Animal Services director
Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis said Thursday afternoon that Chris Sikes’ employment as director of Hardin County Animal Services has been terminated.
“Over the past several months, the Animal Control Committee, the county commission as a whole and myself, have been committed and working to making the animal shelter the best it can be for the citizens of Hardin County,” Davis said.
He continued, “The decision has been made for us to move in a new direction with the shelter, and we will continue to work toward improving the shelter and moving forward in making the shelter the best it can be.”
Sikes has served as director of the Hardin County animal shelter since January 2019. He was an animal control officer prior to being selected as director.
Davis said he has provided for the continuity of operations at the shelter and the animals will continue to be fed, watered, cleaned and receive proper attention during the transition.
He said the Animal Control Committee will be discussing the issue of hiring an iterim director and eventually the hiring of a full-time director, among other agenda items, at its already scheduled meeting Monday at the county courthouse at 5:30 p.m., in the large courtroom.
Davis added that the shelter will remain open on its normal operating schedule. However, he asks for patience during the transition to a new director.
He said emergency animal control calls will be answered, and routine calls will be answered as best as can be managed.
The Courier has reached out to Sikes for comment and will update this story if a response is forthcoming.
I’d fill that position right now if I had the chance. Hopefully it does get filled with a dedicated and experienced individual.