MOUNT VERNON — Knox County’s new dog warden will begin work Monday. The Knox County Commissioners voted recently to hire Jordan Barnard, 28, at an annual salary of $38,000.
Four applicants were interviewed for the position.
Barnard is a resident of Mount Vernon, but he has been employed since 2007 by Fairfield County Common Pleas Court. He began as a community control officer and pre-sentencing investigator, and was promoted in 2012 to special dockets coordinator, supervising a caseload of approximately 150 high-risk probationers.
He has also been employed part-time for the last year and a half as fiscal manager of New Directions: The Domestic Abuse Shelter of Knox County, overseeing the shelter’s budget.
Barnard is a 2007 graduate of Malone University in Canton, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting. He also played on the football team for four years.
“He’s a bright young man and has leadership skills, which is one of the things we were looking for,” said Commissioner Roger Reed.
“His administrative experience was very important,” said Commissioner Teresa Bemiller, who also pointed to his law enforcement experience and that he is certified to carry a weapon.
Barnard replaces Scott Smith of Fredericktown, who resigned in September after only six months on the job.
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