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Board Names New Colbert County Animal Control Director

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - A new animal control director has taken the helm in Colbert County.

The position became open in August when Tommy Morson retired after ten years as director.

And with a new director comes a new vision for enforcement and pet adoptions.

Judie Nichols has worked her way through the ranks over the past 5 years.

Now she's taking the top spot at Colbert County Animal Control.

Nichols said she brings a new perspective with the new responsibilities.

One item on Nichols' wish list is adding an enforcement officer to help rural residents.

“Colbert County is such a large county, and I know that sometimes the county citizens feel like they are left out and it's not the case,” explained Nichols. “We just don't have the man power.”

Nichols said her department has already implemented new procedures that have the employees working closer together as a team.

And she is developing plans to improve the aesthetics of the building, in hopes of making it a more friendly place for people to visit.

“It's been exciting to see the changes in just the past 5 years and know 5 years down the road it's going to get even better.”

Nichols is proud to say since being appointed interim director in August, the shelter has only had to euthanize 10% of the animals brought in, and she said that's only because those animals were sick.

According to Nichols, she also wants to put a lot of emphasis on the education of spay and neuter programs and how they benefit citizens throughout Colbert County.