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Greene County animal control director quits job without notice

After he was hired about a month ago, the Greene County Animal Control director suddenly resigned this week.

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Mick Sagester, former supervisor at the Montgomery County Animal Animal Resource Center, called in on Monday and announced that he would not be returning to the job, according to Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson.

“He called on Monday and said it wasn’t a good fit for him,” Huddleson said.

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Sagester was hired by Greene County in August at a salary of $65,000 after he retired from his position in Montgomery County.

Huddleson responded to comments on social media that Sagester left because he was not being provided enough money and resources to do the job.

Huddleson said that’s not true and there’s a surplus in the animal control budget. He said Sagester had recently bought some supplies and materials, and the fund designated to cover those costs needed cash transferred in to cover the costs.

“I tried to talk him out of leaving,” Huddleson said. “Things were going well. It caught us all off-guard. I’m very disappointed.”

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That’s not the only shake-up at the Greene County Animal Shelter. The former operations manager, Dennis McCarthy, who was passed over for the director’s position, recently resigned his position for another opportunity.

Huddleson said McCarthy was hired to help the former animal control director, Dr. Harold Brown, run the shelter. Now that the county is outsourcing veterinarian care, an operations manager is no longer needed at the shelter, he said.

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“We have a great staff. I’m not a bit worried about the day-to-day operations (at the shelter),” Huddleson said. “It’s just a matter of finding someone with the right demeanor and right experience to steer the ship.”

The Greene County Animal Control director’s position has been posted. 

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