Termination letter outlines allegations against former Decatur Animal Shelter Director Carol Wicks


Former Decatur Animal Shelter Carol Wicks (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur Mayor Don Kyle says he will wait until Monday morning before making any comment regarding the firing of the city's animal shelter director. Carol Wicks has been on paid administrative leave since police escorted her from the shelter August 20th.

The letter from Mayor Kyle terminating wicks was delivered to her attorney Wednesday afternoon. It provides a first public glimpse into the allegations against her. The letter says, "...it is not possible for the city to depend on you to do your job as required..." It said Wicks had failed to properly maintain the facility, did not properly care for the animals, and had not accounted for donations made to the facility.

Without elaborating her attorney, John Mays, says the accusations are untrue, unfounded and just downright mean.

"They have impugned her character and they've even gone so far as to accuse her of damaging the air-vac system."

Mays says the council recently approved repairs to the air exchange system at the shelter because it was not installed properly.

Mays says that Wicks' first opportunity for what he calls a fair hearing will take place when the Decatur City Council meets Monday morning at 10 o'clock to review the actions taken against her.

"I've found the city council to be far more receptive to their constituents than has been Mayor Kyle."

We spoke with Mayor Kyle Thursday and he said, as before, it would be improper for him to discuss on-going personnel issues. He says he will make his comments before the city council Monday morning.

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