A Davis County commissioner says internal dissension and management problems prompted him to ask for the resignation of Animal Control Director W. Glenn Taylor last week.
Commissioner Harold Tippetts said he and the county's personnel director investigated a series of complaints from animal control employees that led him last Friday to ask for Taylor's resignation, and Taylor complied."There was a breakdown in relationships in the department, a breakdown in management and there was a morale problem," said Tippetts.
A statement issued Wednesday by personnel director Steve Baker said Taylor "cited personal reasons and his entry into real estate development as motivation for his resignation."
Tippetts said a number of things surfaced in his and Baker's investigation, in which all of the department employees were interviewed. But he stressed no criminal or harassment charges were leveled against Taylor.
Deeann Hess, assistant animal control director, was asked to take administrative leave during the investigation, Tippetts said Wednesday. She is expected to return to her duties by the end of this week or early next week.
Dave Sanders, a 15-year veteran of the department, is temporarily in charge, Baker said. County commissioners are expected to name an interim director shortly.
Tippetts and County Auditor Ruth Kennington confirmed that a financial audit of the department is being conducted, and Tippetts said locks were changed on the animal control building in Fruit Heights as a standard precaution.
The animal control building is a sensitive area, Tippetts said. It handles a large amount of cash from adoption fees and licensing, and narcotics are kept in the building for veterinary and euthanasia purposes.
The commissioner said he has not received a written audit report yet but an initial oral report indicated no problems in the audit.
Chief Deputy Harry Jones of the Davis County Sheriff's Department said although he has heard rumors about problems in the animal control department, his department has not received a complaint and is not conducting an investigation.
It was an investigation by the sheriff's department in 1984 that led to Taylor's appointment as animal control director.
Citizen and former employee complaints of theft, animal abuse and neglect, and mismanagement by department workers in 1984 led to the reprimand and demotion of two employees and replacement of the director.
"Glenn did me a big personal favor back in 1984," said Tippetts. "He stepped in when we were in trouble and straightened out the department, got it running. That's why this was so difficult for me. It was a tough one."
Taylor was working in the county's road shop in October 1984 when he took the job as interim animal control director.