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UPDATE: Decatur City Council upholds former Animal Services executive director’s termination

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Carol Wicks, in the pink (Photo: Beth Jett/WHNT News 19)

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur City Council voted 4-1 to uphold the termination of former Animal Services Executive Director Carol Wicks Monday evening.

Former Decatur Animal Services Executive Director Carol Wicks and her attorney John Mays went before the Decatur City Council to discuss Mayor Don Kyle’s decision to terminate her.

Kyle accused Wicks of not properly caring for the facility and animals, among other things.

The hearing before the city council began at 10:00 a.m. Council members can ask questions as they see fit. Council chambers are standing room only.

Kyle, in his statement to the Council said, “This is about management, not the safeguard and adoption of animals. This is about management.”

The president of the Board for DAS spoke to the Council and assured them and the audience that there will not be a change of direction or philosophy relating to the care of the animals and their adoptability.

Wicks began her rebuttal at 11:00 a.m. under the guidance and direction of her attorney.

Council member Chuck Ard asked if Wicks had ever done a study about the capacity of the animals that should be served at DAS. She answered that several factors must be considered to determine that.

Wicks has been responding to each of 32 allegations made against her by Mayor Don Kyle in his letter of termination delivered to her August 20th.

The council also voted 3-2 to pass the city budget.


  • Jones

    Come on city of Decatur! You have bigger problems than this. Just get someone to supervise her and let her continue with her passion. She loves animals and why do you waste tax payers money over something with a simple solution is really mind boggling. Who in the world is really dying to have that job?

    • R_Dub

      Jones, so you’re saying the city should hire someone else to supervise the Executive Director? Seriously? And in your next sentence you talk about wasting tax payer money, give me a break.

  • Nuclear Mike

    …and so the implication of “where did all the donation money go?” was left hanging without being addressed…which implies there are even more involved in the handling of the donations…

  • Laramie

    She admitted that she put donations in her personal bank account. Her passion for animals is admirable but you can’t mishandle money like that.

  • Jones

    Right, she can’t mishandle money. Therefore put someone over her who knows how to handle money. Nobody is interested in that dog job. Save us the trouble.

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