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Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 02:32 PM

Supervisors appoint interim KMC, animal control chiefs

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    John Nilon, county administrative officer.

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    Shyanne Schull is the new director of Kern County Animal Control.

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BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer jburger@bakersfield.com

Kern County supervisors on Tuesday named temporary replacements for two department heads they fired last week, including putting their top appointed administrator in charge of Kern Medical Center.

They named Shyanne Schull interim director of the Kern County Animal Control Department and County Administrative Officer John Nilon interim CEO of the county hospital.

Nilon will do both gargantuan jobs, but his pay won't change. He replaces fired CEO Paul Hensler.

Schull has held the Animal Control position since last Tuesday afternoon, when supervisors fired her then-boss, Animal Control Director Jen Woodard.

Schull takes over in the midst of turmoil.

Kern County Animal Control must move out of its current shelter on South Mount Vernon Avenue in less than two weeks.

County workers and contractors are scrambling to convert property on Fruitvale Avenue into a new, makeshift shelter even as the operation begins to move to the new spot.

Supervisors have also directed the department to launch a search for a nonprofit group to develop an aggressive spay-neuter program.

"I think we have exciting things ahead of us," Schull said at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon.

"We are excited about this new chapter," said Supervisor Leticia Perez. "You have the full confidence and the support of this board."

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