MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Dog Warden Scott C. Smith has resigned his position after only six months on the job.
The county commissioners met with Smith last Thursday in executive session. The commissioners were evaluating Smith’s performance at the conclusion of his six-month probationary period, Commission Chairman Roger Reed said.
Smith gave no reason for his resignation, writing simply “effective the end of the business day on Sept. 5, 2013, I hereby resign my position as Knox County Dog Warden.”
Reed said only that Smith resigned “of his own free will,” and would not comment on the reasons for the resignation or on Smith’s evaluation.
The News requested a copy of Smith’s personnel file, which contained only time sheets, paperwork from his hiring in February, a certificate for completing the American Humane Association’s Euthanasia by Injection training in March, and his letter of resignation.
There was no evaluation marking the end of his probationary period and Reed said they did not have a standard evaluation form they used.
Smith was hired Feb. 11 and his 180-day probationary period would have ended Aug. 10.
He did not return calls offering him the chance to comment on leaving the job.
Reed said Animal Control Officer John Carhart is in charge of the office until a new dog warden is hired.
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