Finally Some Metro Animal Services Movement

Metro Government is abuzz today. Not because Mayor Greg Jerry The Second Fischer delivered his first State of the City address. But because Human Resources finally posted the job of Director of Metro Animal Services publicly.

The full-time position is only open until February 14, so let’s take a look at the posting:

Overview

  • Directs Metro Animal Services investigations and inspections, animal licensing, kennel and adoption operations and activities pursuant to KRS Chapter 258 and Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances
  • Directs Metro Animal Services toward reduction and eventual elimination of the euthanasia of adoptable animals
  • Establishes and implements departmental goals, budget, policies, programs and procedures Negotiates and resolves citizens’ disputes involving issues regarding Metro Animal Services Exercises supervision over subordinate personnel
  • Oversees care and safety of shelter animals as needed
  • Directs the operations, activities and personnel of the department
  • Establishes and implements departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures through subordinate managers to achieve the success of programs and operations
  • Analyzes data as to the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services and implements corrective action
  • Delegates work and responsibilities to achieve goals and objectives
  • Develops and organizes the department structure to insure the maximum utilization of available resources
  • Directs preparation of the departmental budget and monitoring of expenditures and funds
  • Selects, trains, disciplines and evaluates employees; recommends personnel actions; and resolves employment complaints and grievances
  • Answers questions and provides information concerning the operations and procedures of the department
  • Negotiates and mediates disputes arising within the department
  • Plans and implements animal services’ investigations and inspections, animal licensing, animal welfare and kennel and adoption programs
  • Confers with managers to discuss operational problems, policy interpretations and program evaluations
  • Presents comprehensive and evaluative reports on departmental operations and activities
  • Represents the department before government agencies and before the public in order to answer questions and provide information concerning regulations, programs and services
  • Coordinates with other agencies on animal-related problems
  • Acts as liaison to other animal welfare organizations
  • Mediates settlements on cases when voluntary compliance has not been achieved
  • Oversees and participates in the conduct of field investigations and inspections, issues violations and warnings to citizens and businesses, serves search warrants, and captures and impounds animals
  • Determines staff development and training needs and coordinates program scheduling to address the needs
  • Supervises recruitment and management of volunteers
  • Performs related work

Thoughts?

See Job Skills and Requirements after the jump…

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Audit Reveals Major Utility & Legislator Corruption

Ever wondered what happens when corrupt Eastern Kentucky legislators skirt the law and abuse coal severance funds while they think no one is looking?

You don’t have to live in Pikeville to know there are problems with the Mountain Water District and Utility Management Group.

Regular readers of Page One have known for years that there’s a problem in the hills and it’s a classic case of good old boys and wasted money. Unfortunately, in this case, those wasted dollars are in the millions and we’re all left footing the bill.

Oh, and by good old boys, we’re obviously talking about State Representative W. Keith Hall, the gentleman pictured in the photograph at left. An alleged man of the cloth, no less.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the scathing audit released in Frankfort this afternoon…

Every Louisville Neighborhood Needs A Fancy Shirt

I love it when rumors get confirmed by the people we’re writing about. Unfortunately, I don’t love it when good news folks leave the city for greener pastures. [We Get Comments]

Let’s get real on the coal mining front: 7,000 jobs are temporary. The entire environment and the health of hundreds of millions? Not so temporary. [H-L]

Rick Pitino Sexytime Pal Karen Sypher had her defense attorney, who was convicted of fraud in 2002 and served time in the federal pen, file some fancy new documents with the court. I’ve been asking for weeks for them to prove the claims they’re all trying to make to me via email, but they’ve been unable to do so. And it doesn’t help that members of their defense team at US JusticeWatch are quitting left and right.  WE ARE STILL DRY HEAVING OVER THIS MESS. [84WHAS]

The Six Flags Over Jesus Easter Pageant begins on March 18. Will there be tons of farm animals, a giraffe, camels, maybe an elephant? We can only hope. [WHAS11]

David Nicklies, who once threatened an anti-toll group member, has been removed/is resigning from the Ohio River Bridges Coalition. Bourbon king Bill Samuels is replacing him. [WAVE3]

I realize this is a joke, but is it standard operating procedure for all liberals to assume anyone opposed to busing is dumb enough to call in bomb threats? That sounds like something A Kentucky Newspaper’s editorial board would suggest. [LEO Weekly]

An “expert” is set to reveal his findings on the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan. He’s an “expert” supported by Sheldon Berman, of course. Not sure any “expert” backed by a man who openly admits to serving on boards to allow them to make money from JCPS is qualified to do anything, but whatever. [FOX41]

If you missed it, A Democrat in Frankfort is supporting the racist anti-immigration legislation currently pending. More proof that Kentucky Democrats tend to be more bigoted than Republicans in every other state. [Page One]

The UofL Students United for Peace and Justice, the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the ACLU of Kentucky are hosting Ron Keine at Chao Auditorium on Monday at noon. Keine is an exonerated death row inmate from New Mexico who was nine days away from death when a stay was granted. You should go. It’s free. [Press Release]

We think these Louisville neighborhood t-shirts are great. More of them need to exist. [WHY Louisville]

Somebody Stole Dougie Hawkins’ Crown!

We’ve definitely spent most of our afternoon feeling disgusted by Metro Animal Services and the utter level of inaction on the part of Greg Fischer.

The things we hear get worse every day.

So with all the negatives floating heavily in our offices, it makes sense to focus on something positive.

Okay, so it’s only positive in the sense that Louisville is no longer home to the most prominent fearer of non-whites in the Commonwealth. That title has been handed from Dougie Hawkins to State Senator Ray Jones, who is so afraid of the Messicans he can’t sit still.

Jones looks positively magnificent in that sombrero.

Oh, Butchertown…

HAHAHA.

It would be a lot more funny if PETA wasn’t a miserable failure and/or had an actual movement on the local level that it could engage for events like this.

At least we can laugh at the pictures and envision the ripe spell of roasting pig guts and fecal matter.

Here Is A Thing For You To Read Today

“Sixth & Jefferson” isn’t just the physical location where Louisville’s hopes and dreams go to die, it’s also the name of Phillip Bailey’s weekly column.

Because I am busy trying to figure out how to not pop a vein over the latest from Metro Animal Services, you’ll just need to read this for a while:

In recent weeks, however, a handful of stories have raised questions about the ethical judgment of some council Democrats, who are regularly called out by Republicans despite having a 17-9 majority.

-SNIP-

In response to unflattering news coverage about the aforementioned issues, Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, called for more accountability from the local press, particularly from the A Kentucky Newspaper’s Metro reporter, Dan Klepal, whom he referred to as “the Republican writer” during the meeting, before launching into a missive about Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, who co-sponsored the amended ethics ordinance and is often quoted in news stories as a result.

“We need to do some PR work. It frustrates me that Ken Fleming … is now the guru of ethics. Every article about anything ethical goes back to Fleming,” Blackwell said. “We got to do something to balance that a little bit as a caucus. I don’t think Fleming should have the reins on that.”

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At one point, Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, said that when controversial stories are published, he’d like Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt to alert caucus members.

You’ll most certainly want to click here to read the rest.

Here’s a pro-tip to the Metro Councilcritter Democrats who are so up in arms over negative press: stop walking around with your heads up your asses and you’ll know when a negative story hits. Maybe you wouldn’t face so many questions about your ethics if you weren’t as unethical as everyone in the entirety of Frankfort and Washington combined. Once you quit complaining about the mainstream press on the rare occasion it actually does it’s job, then everyone will stop laughing at you like you’re a bunch of time and money wasters who exist only to rubber stamp every bad idea ever.

Jesus H.

Also, remember that time Tony Hyatt melted down in our comments section because we dared to suggest he deserved a raise for all the work he does?

It’s the Democratic way. Anytime someone questions a Democrat? Immediately get defensive, attack and blame it on a Republican.

Heads-Up: 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day

This is something I’ve mentioned quite a bit on Page One, as we’re a sponsor, so listen up.

The 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day, put on by Kentucky Youth Advocates, will take place in Frankfort on February 17.


You may read all about the day by clicking here. It’s your chance to show legislators that Kentucky cares about its youth and that THEY should care, as well.

If you have the ability to go to the State Capitol on the 17th? Please consider doing so. Make your voice heard, no matter your politics.

Fischer’s Unlikely To Take A Lead From Lexington

It’s a cold day in hell when I am defending a BUSH OFFICIAL against the now-disgraced and rotting/dead Kentucky Democratic Party, which is lead by a Republican. A cold day in jesus hell. If someone competent doesn’t take over the KDP and communication for the Democrats soon, I am going to lose my mind. [Page One]

Beginning tomorrow morning you’ll be able to read Greg Fischer’s first state of the city address. [Click the Clicky]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray highlighted the negatives and embarrassing problems Lexington faces and he addressed them head-on. Will Greg Fischer have the guts to bring up any negatives in Louisville? [H-L]

WLKY’s spelling failure on the New York Jets/Jew York Jets front is getting bigger and bigger. It’s now on Failblog. [Failblog]

Rand Paul proposes eliminating HUD and everything else. Something tells me this isn’t going to go over so well with Kentuckians. [Ryan Alessi]

Here’s what Congressman John Yarmuth had to say about last evening’s State of the Union address: “Tonight was about the difficult choices we face as a nation, and President Obama mapped out an ambitious plan for fiscal responsibly that focuses on programs that are critical to our economic recovery. In Louisville, federal investments have revitalized manufacturing at Ford and Appliance Park, leading to the creation of thousands of jobs. If we do not continue to make these investments in innovation as well as education and infrastructure we will essentially surrender our nation to our global competitors.” [Press Release]

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is pushing for its leaders to be on the search committee to find a new superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools. Why would anyone want the folks who are trying to KEEP Sheldon Berman to find his replacement? We’re all about teachers, but come on. [WAVE3]

Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Winter’s Bone. Yet another local actress making it big. Something to make us proud during these frigid months. [FOX41]

You may view a trailer for Winters Bone by clicking the link at the end of this line. [YouTube]

Um, I’m not entirely sure that Falls City beer is something that beer lovers flock to? But cool that it’s coming to Baxter Avenue. [Consuming Louisville]